chicken feeding?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TxChiknRanchers, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    on the ground? in a feeder? why do they throw so much out of the feeder on the ground. every time I move the chicken tractor to a new spot there is a ring of untouched feed on the ground, mostly cracked corn and layer pellets.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chickens naturally flick through their food for the tasty bits so to stop that hang the feeder just above back height so they have to reach for it. Also, i'd nix the corn for warm months as it can lead to overheating.
     
  3. devora

    devora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow, I’m surprised that they leave corn! It’s the only food I’m cautious about giving them. Partly b/c of the heat, but also b/c they would rather eat cracked corn than just about anything!
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Your birds leave the corn?
     
  5. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they leave the corn? they wont touch it. they eat everything in the scratch feed but the corn. As a child I watched as my grandmother fed her chickens whole and cracked corn. so you can imagine my surprise! Maybe they know about the heat thing. go figer (i didn't, thanks) They scratch the ground under the feeder and sling feed out with their beaks, amazing. they do not seem to like the protien pellets either. They eat all the love bugs, or any thing else, that venture in the tractor with a vengence.
     
  6. 6chix

    6chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens love the corn in the scratch feed. They aren't eating too much of the layer pellets, they would rather search the yard for frogs and other small animals.
     

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