Chickens do NOT eat chicken chow

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by northTx, May 26, 2016.

  1. northTx

    northTx New Egg

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    Please me know if you Had this issues and How you resolved it.

    My chickens, ever they started laying eggs, refuse to eat commercial chow. I've tried 6 brands, in both pellet and crumble.
    They come running for "Scratch" and anything else I toss in the garden, but never the chow. Eggs with strong shells,

    What am I missing? thanks
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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    You should cut back on the scraps and scratch, chickens are smart if they know you are bring them treats they will wait for them. Try only doing scratch on rare occasions.
     
  3. DrPatrickBiggs

    DrPatrickBiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can supplement up to 10% of their diet with a scratch grain, like Purina[​IMG] Scratch Grains, to encourage natural pecking and feeding instincts. A good rule of thumb is to provide a diet that is 90% complete feed and 10% treats and snacks (including scratch grains).
    You can learn more about the 90/10 rule here: http://www.purinamills.com/find-ans...e-they-good-for-my-hen/?section=search-result
    Read more about Purina[​IMG] Scratch Grains here: http://www.purinamills.com/chicken-feed/products/scratch-grains/
     

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