Hens Won't Eat Boss

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickeepoo, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think they realize the black oil sunflower seeds are edible- they just look at them like they're carcinogenic or something. How are they going to learn to eat them?
     
  2. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    Where are the seeds? On the ground? In their feeder?
    I think their natural curiosity will have them eating them in no time!
     
  3. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I threw them on the ground in the run, about a handful yesterday and again today. They just looked at them, looked at me, and went to the other end of the run. Very odd for chow hounds like these ladies.
     
  4. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got thatÂ… Eggzile or Utah- Guess I really AM slow![​IMG]
    Which part of Utah?
     
  5. eggzettera

    eggzettera Chillin' With My Peeps

    SLC, I have no idea how I got here, I am from 1,000 miles north, and no I don't have multiple "sister- wives" [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I just pm'd you on that
     
  7. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My rooster Handsome cracks the seeds for his harem.
     
  8. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    It often helps to mix it in with some scratch. Then it's associated with food. It still may take a little time. Usually what they do then is eat all the other parts of the scratch and look at the boss for a long time, before they get desperate enough to try it. It's always harder when they don't have other chickens to copy and you aren't eating it in front of them, to show them that it's food.

    Or, you can smash a few with a hammer, so they can get at the inside part. Of course, then they'd want you to do it every day! [​IMG]

    Wow, that Handsome sounds like a real keeper. What lucky hens you have!
     

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