Changed chicks to pellets and now they are not laying! Help!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by michigan chick, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. michigan chick

    michigan chick In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2008
    Sparta MI
    Last week I changed chickens to pellets from crumbs same brand and everything. They haven't laid an egg since. They really are not eating the pellets but I was giving scratch, sunflowers and oyster shells. Is it normal for them to go to such extremes as to stop laying. I have ten chickens and for one to stop laying I would think somethings wrong but all ten to stop it is something else. I bought crumbs today and mixed it in. I hope this helps. Any advise please help.
  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Buying the crumbles and mixing it with the pellets is probably the best thing to do. With most animal feeds they recommend introducing the new feed gradually by mixing it in with the old feed so that the change doesn't come as a shock to their digestive systems. In your case, it probably had more to do with the unfamiliar size/shape/texture than the actual ingredients, but still had a negative impact. By mixing the two, they'll inadvertently eat the pellets along with the crumbles and get used to the new stuff.
  3. Ellie_NY_chick

    Ellie_NY_chick Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Finger Lakes, NY
    My birds hated the pellets and there was nothing I could do to change that.

    I was outnumbered.

    They get crumbles now, which I think they throw at each other by the way the feeding areas look sometimes.
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    At first I mixed crumbles with pellets and now all they get is pellets. They will eat it when they get hungry enough. Did you change brands? I ran out and my feed store was closed so I went to TSC and bought a small bag to tide me over until I could get their regular brand. They didn't eat it too well. When I did get a bag of their regular feed I mixed it with the TSC brand and they ate it.

    RIVERRAT In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2009
    my birds refuse to eat pellets. had to grind them up.(the pellets)
    now the love it.
  6. cherig22

    cherig22 Green Fields Farm

    Sep 2, 2008
    SW Missouri
    My chickens did not want to eat the pellets, then I realized I was giving them other food since they did not eat the pellets. When I gave them pellets in the morning, and the treats in the afternoon, they ate the pellets. And the treats in the afternoon.

  7. My chickens eat what ever I take to them. I have used crumbles, pellets, birdseed (sometimes), fruit, greens, bread, cole slaw, and they even go peck at the goat feed if they can get away with it.
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    My chickens hate pellets, they waste crumble, but if they don't eat pellets they too are wasted.

    I guess next trip to the feed store it's more crumbles.

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