Chickens act like they are starving all the time!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ballfarm, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. ballfarm

    ballfarm Hatching

    Jul 19, 2007
    Burlington NC
    My girls act as if they are starving all the time, regardless of what we feed them. They follow us around hoping for tidbits of food. They go after our toes when we wear flip flops. If I feel the feeder up, they will eat and eat until all the food is gone and still act as if they are still hungry. They have access to grass and bugs. They have even snuck into our dog kennel to eat the dogfood! We give them treats of veggies and corn. What I am I doing wrong? Is this normal? I know that they peck and scratch normally throughout the day but there is an urgency about them, kinda like a dog begging.
  2. MTtroutwithwings

    MTtroutwithwings Songster

    Jul 10, 2007
    Montana Country
    this is normal, mine do it too. Sometimes their crops are so full, you'd think they'd tip over onto their beaks! [​IMG]
    I refer to this behavior as Cocker Spaniels with wings! (I use to have those breeds and all they do is beg! [​IMG])
  3. skennedy

    skennedy Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Denham Springs, LA
    Quote:What breed are these? They must be Cornish Cross, none of my standard breeds act this way.[​IMG]
  4. rodandbrandy

    rodandbrandy In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2008
    it sounds like how my meat birds act, my layer hens never act like that but they do go crazy once you give them a treat [​IMG]
  5. Laurena

    Laurena In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    I have six ISA's and six red sex-links and they all act this way . They have access to layer pellets 24/7 , free range 2-4 hours a day and get veggie scraps all the time but always act like they're starving . If I walk into their run with sandels or crocs on they try to eat my toes . When I walk by their run they all rush to the fence to see if I have any food .
  6. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Chickie acts this way too....but she is begging for spiders mostly. If we cant find any and I give her carrots or turkey burger, she scarfs it up. I have been told she is a Australorp. Is this normal for this bread or have I created a eating monster?
    Unfortunately I knew nothing about raising chickens when I found her and it was week before I got gained knowledge and then made it to the store for chick starter.
  7. augiedranch

    augiedranch Songster

    Mar 14, 2008
    Quote:A BLACK AUSTRALORP? mine acts like that too! lol [​IMG]
  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I had a real problem with Miss Chook seeming frustrated and starving like that when I switched her to 16% layer food from her first homemade ration. She even lost weight. I think it's too little protein/fiber. Started adding a 'fat' tablespoon of her previous mix and she settled down finally. I KNOW that homemade formula has A LOT more protein and fiber and stuff.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2008
  9. ballfarm

    ballfarm Hatching

    Jul 19, 2007
    Burlington NC
    Thanks ya'll!

    My girls are Barred Rocks. We have one roo and he acts the same way but is more aggressive about it.
  10. Happy Chicken Mama

    Happy Chicken Mama Songster

    Apr 23, 2007
    Thats Chickens for ya'!

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