Help! They won't eat pellets!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sillz, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. Sillz

    Sillz New Egg

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    Last weekend we changed our chicken feed from crumbles to pellets. Since then they have not eaten them. Everyone keeps telling me they will eat if they get hungry enough, but it doesn't seem to be working. One of them will eat a little of it if I break it up in my hand but the other two flat out refuse to go near it. I'm out of crumbles and just opened a big new bag of pellets that I don't want to waste. Help!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Have you tried crushing the pellets up to see if they'll eat it?
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Take a scoop full of the pellets. Dampen them with warm water. This will make them softer and more attractive. Yes, they will eventually eat them. No, they won't starve. They can hold out for a few days, perhaps even 5 or 6, but eventually, they cave.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dampening the pellets causes the "glue" they use to fall apart. Much easier than crushing on the long term.
     
  5. Sillz

    Sillz New Egg

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    I have tried crumbling them in my hand but only one of them will eat that and even then it's not a true attempt to eat much. I will try the dampening option and see if that works. I'm assuming that in the meantime we should cut off other forms of food like veggies/bread/mealworms until they start eating? Should I also not let them out to forage until they eat as well?
     
  6. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will eat them eventually, I would cut out all snacks but probably still let them out to forage, you could dampen a few so they get used to the taste, if you were to keep them locked in the run with just the pellets I am sure you will see them eat them just don't cave in to the pressure and offer them something else!
     

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