Help--my chickens wonʻt eat anything but greens and their crumbles

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by clickncluck, May 13, 2011.

  1. clickncluck

    clickncluck Chirping

    Feb 28, 2011
    Kahaluu on Oahu
    Hi all,
    Everyone talks about what treats they are giving their chicks. My girls are 10 1/2 weeks old and wonʻt eat anything. Yesterday I gave them a strawberry, worm and soldier fly larva and the only thing they ate was the cabbage. They arenʻt even that interested in scratch. Any ideas to help vary their diets?

  2. Heckel's Hens

    Heckel's Hens Songster

    Jan 23, 2011
    Southern VA
    I don't think you need to. LOL They aren't laying age, so they are still just growing. In my limited experience, they are doing what most do at that crumbles and pretend to pick at a few things. Wait 5-6 more weeks and they will suddenly catch on the th idea of "treats" and will maul you everyday looking for some. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 13, 2011
  3. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Songster

    Apr 13, 2011
    mine are about 8wks and won't touch anything other than the crumbles. Give them time, when they get bigger they will attack everything they can! lol!
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    New foods can be scary to chickens. Keep trying and eventually they will figure it out.

  5. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    mine would fight over worms since i started giving them to them at a couple weeks of age. the first time i held one up, they all came running.

    as long as they're eating their food, though, there is nothing to be concerned about.
  6. ima57boomer

    ima57boomer In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2011
    I thought I was the only one with picky chickens. My ten girls are 8 weeks old and I have gone so far as to dig worms for them, bought black oil sunflowers seeds, given them sweet potato sticks and other goodies, but they snub it all, except for cooked oatmeal and hard-boiled eggs. I'm glad to hear the tide may turn, since there will be lots of crickets and other "free" food soon.
  7. clickncluck

    clickncluck Chirping

    Feb 28, 2011
    Kahaluu on Oahu
    Click died today. I hope it wasn't from the worm or soldier fly larva. The vet said she was too thin. She only weighed 1# 8 oz and sussex are supposed to be big birds. She was almost 10 weeks. I don't think the other 2 girls are much different. I'm going to worm them but what else should I do to put some meat on their bones. I sure hope the other 2 don't get what ever Click had. I'm sad.

  8. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    So sorry for the loss of click, I have had healthy (I thought) birds die. Don't beat yourself up. Some time it's just their time to go. I myself believe there will be a time to see them again.

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