chickens not eating layer pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by roxyblue, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone,
    I brought home some of the new omega-3 enriched layer pellets for my birds, they've been eating only scrath for the longest time because I just couldn't get out to the feed store. Now that I have it they will not eat it. Any sudgestions?
    THANK YOU!
     
  2. OregonChickenGal

    OregonChickenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would return them, and exchange them for layer crumble. My chickens won't eat pellets either. Hope this helps.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If they have been eating scratch for a while, they won't want to eat their health food. They'll eat it when they are hungry enough. They are testing you to get you to bring out the good stuff (scratch). Bantam or standard, around here they eat it or don't eat (they always eat).
     
  4. spankyleatherlips

    spankyleatherlips Out Of The Brooder

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    if you only have a few birds try placing the pellets in a food processor and making tiny chunks to nibble.
     
  5. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give it more time. A hungry chicken will eat. Stop all treats also while switching them over to the pellets.
     
  6. downtownjb80

    downtownjb80 Out Of The Brooder

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    My girls get like that when they have had too many treats. Give them a day or so without and they will go back to eating pellets.
     
  7. roxyblue

    roxyblue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone!
    This helps a lot, I spoil my hens quite a lot, I guess I should cut back a bit and make sure they eat whats good for them, I'll try all of your Ideas starting now
    thanks again!
     
  8. Olwethen

    Olwethen Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine won't eat pellets either. Mine free range so the "just wait until they're hungry" approach won't work for us. I mix pellets, crumbles and cracked corn all together and throw it out every morning. Hopefully, since it is there, they'll eat it if they need to.

    Stephanie in GA
     
  9. ECBW

    ECBW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine only want junk food and treats... chips, cookies, chocolate and soda. They are only allowed some after their 3 squares.

    Scrath should be treated like treats.
     
  10. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switched mine to the Purina Omega pellets and they have no problem with it. Previously the were fed crumbles and I find that there is a lot less waste with the pellets.
     

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