Funny how my girls will not eat kale or collards, but tear up some

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BethieofVA, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    spinach. My four chickens do not free range, although have a very large run,so I supplement with greens. I gave them collards yesterday and they just picked, ate a few bites. I gave this kale prior and nothing. I know they love spinach, so I took them a huge handful this morning. They go crazy, too funny. I would think the would enjoy all greens. I was hoping for my yolks to orange up a bit. Any other food suggestions?

  2. junebug7334

    junebug7334 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2008
    grass clippings which I'm sure is a no-brainer......and pumpkin. The seeds are a natural wormer of sorts too. Where are you in Va? I am in central Va. -)
  3. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Quote:I am in Yorktown. I gave them pumpkin seeds fresh from a sugar pumpkin and they have been laying on the ground for a week! Grass clippings I do, when the grass is growing and needs to be cut.
  4. montverdechick

    montverdechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2007
    Central Florida
    Mine LOVE collards! We give them a leaf or two during the colder months, then the entire plant when we pull them up in the summer. They eat the whole thing in a day or two!

    They also love grapes, cantaloupe (and seeds) and tomatoes.
  5. roosters4sale

    roosters4sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Black oil sunflower seeds are great treats.
  6. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    forage shorgum and forage canola is a hit for me
  7. downstownlady

    downstownlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Conroe, TX
    My chickens seem to have been born with snouts [​IMG] instead of beaks...they eat everything! [​IMG] LOL I just [​IMG] that they will like the layer feed when I switch in the next week or so. [​IMG] it's almost that time! I know what ya'll mean about the "expected mommy" reference!
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Chickens often need to have a food offered several times in the beginning, to learn that it's safe and good to eat. I'd try offering it again, mixed or sprinkled with something they like and are used to eating. You can also tear it into smaller pieces, if the leaves are extremely large. My chickens have snubbed many foods that they now enjoy.
  9. cluckin tractor

    cluckin tractor Chillin' With My Peeps

    when i give mine forage canola they each grab a large leaf and run to their own private space step on it and tear the leaves apart only leaving the stem behind![​IMG]

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