Don't like pellets anymore?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by RNPAULIE69, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. RNPAULIE69

    RNPAULIE69 Songster

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    I got my girls in June, they were born in April. They have always eaten Poulin pellets. I was at dodge grain recently and picked up a small bag of layer mash..addicted like it's crack! They won't touch pellets now. Should I just keep feeding the mash? It makes an awful mess lol
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    Most chickens prefer crumbles, but pellets are less waste, so you will have to choose. Many times crumbles and mashes get spooned out of feeders and bowls and it appears they are eating more. Do you keep a separate bowl of oyster shells? Was the brand the same?
     
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  3. nminusyplusm

    nminusyplusm Crowing

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    What's the protein percentage in the mash? When mine refused to eat layer pellets I switched back to their grower crumbles at 18% protein with oyster shell free choice for calcium and they liked it a lot more.
     
  4. Ming Ming

    Ming Ming Chirping

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    they shall eat the pellets or be hungry. Unless they are to strong willed. Ground them
     
  5. nminusyplusm

    nminusyplusm Crowing

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    Mine would rather eat bedding than pellets!
     
  6. Ming Ming

    Ming Ming Chirping

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    Take away their bedding privileges
     
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  7. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

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    Yeah, my girls would eat pine shavings in the brooder and they kept eating it in the coop.
    That's when I switched to compressed straw.
    Don't buy crumbles again. Leave the pellets in the feeder and scatter some pellets on the ground with the scratch, to get them interested in the pellets again. GC
     
  8. nminusyplusm

    nminusyplusm Crowing

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    Not possible for me. My also preferred eating any kind of straw, chopped or otherwise, to their pellets. I think the best solution in my situation was to switch back to the higher protein crumbles.
     
  9. Naser

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    They will eat pellets, give them some mash or scratch as treat in the evening, but they will eat pellets
     

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