Chickens not eating layer crumbles

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by FireTigeris, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    My chickens free range but are not eating their crumble- they were eating all of their grower crumble.

    Are my hens really THAT picky?

    Any way to correct this?
     
  2. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you just switched their feed? Did you switch brands also? Is there any possibility that the food is old, stale or moldy?

    I got some feed one time that smelled funny (and it happened to be organic of course) and my hens hardly touched it, so I ended up throwing it out. I would respect their opinion of the food, and see if you can replace it with a better quality.
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:My thoughts too.

    The other thing I hate is that chickens will get used to one type of feed.

    If I had it to do over again, I would have given them nothing but pellets from the moment I started giving them layer feed.

    Now they are so picky they will only eat crumble... and it costs more for some reason.
     
  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My thoughts too.

    The other thing I hate is that chickens will get used to one type of feed.

    If I had it to do over again, I would have given them nothing but pellets from the moment I started giving them layer feed.

    Now they are so picky they will only eat crumble... and it costs more for some reason.

    Mix it 50-50 to get them trained. I am going to eventually be all pellets for the simple reason that they are slower to go stale, and are slower to absorb moisture. I commonly keep 6 mo on hand because I do not trust the economy.
     
  5. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    maybe the other feed store has some, the grower was medicated so i want them off of that.

    they seem happy enough otherwise- they are.... um.... 20+ weeks now and just changed voices.

    thanx
     
  6. bmelanco

    bmelanco Out Of The Brooder

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    If they are hungry they will eat. When mine range, sometiemes they go days with almost not eating any feed....
     

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