Darned chickens! Won't eat Veggies

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ellie, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    They won't eat their veggies. I originally got the chickens to take care of the waste from the vegetable garden.

    Ha! They won't eat lettuce, sprouts, spinach, celery, carrot tops, broccoli, or anything like it. I even steamed the pea pods and broccoli stems last night. Nada, they root through it and then wipe their beaks in the dirt, LOL. [​IMG]

    Now, give them corned beef and cabbage and they have a ball. [​IMG] What's up with this? Anybody else have chickens like mine?

    They love fruit and yogurt and bread and love steak, salmon or pork chops.

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2008
  2. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Quote:Ellie, try steaming (or nuking) the things they like together with the things you want them to eat.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2008
  3. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    The only thing my chickens WON'T eat is broccoli. Everything else is YUM YUM YUMMY [​IMG]

    Sorry, dood.
  4. professor-yellow

    professor-yellow Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Maybe they prefer their veggies sauteed: a little white wine, butter, and provincial herb. worth a try.
  5. zippychickens

    zippychickens Songster

    Mar 22, 2008
    N. CA
    Mine love fruit, especially tomatoes. As far as greens they love what we call cheese weed and morning glory.
    Maybe you can eat the veggies in front of them and then they'll want it because you're eating it. Hey that's how dogs are right! [​IMG]
  6. chicknhawaii

    chicknhawaii Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Honolulu, HI
    Chick-Chick seems to like to munch on cabbage if it's clipped up in her cage. She has recently fallen in mad love with watermelon and bread. She also likes our cockatiel's food lol...

    She doesn't seem to like spinach or anything else either but I'm still trying! [​IMG]
  7. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    How old are they? My chickens have become increasingly less picky with age. I have some six week old chicks who won't even eat strawberries! But my big old girls will give anything a try.
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Mine eat pretty much anything. They attack fresh raw green anything furiously.

    Try giving the veg trimming raw. The taste does change when cooked.
  9. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Well, ours most definitely prefer any sort of protein, but they WILL eat veggies too. if I bring a mixed plate of food they'll root through and eat the bmeat/fish/egg first, but eventually clean up the rest. I find that if I hold it in my hands for them, they're more likely to try it, see it's good, and then keep eating what's on the plate.
  10. Ellie

    Ellie Songster

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Thanks for the replies. Miss Prissy, I only steamed it because they wouldn't eat it raw.

    pattycake, they are adults now.. well, 9 months old.

    I guess I should be glad they like weeds, lol. But, I am going to have a lot of left overs from the garden.

    That is a good idea, to stick it in their morning yogurt. Hey, maybe if I made a sandwich out if it, they would eat it, LOL. Just kidding there.


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