hens won't eat protein; prefer wild bird seed mix

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickpuffs, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. chickpuffs

    chickpuffs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2010
    I'm a newbie; love my chicks.
    A little problem:
    my two bantam hens (3 years old) haven't been laying much since summer. I ordinarily feed them a protein crumble for hens (Purina,etc) and mix in equal amount of wild bird seed for them to scratch. Well, for a long time they simply quit eating their crumble and only pick out the seed they want. I tried just giving them crumble, but it didn't solve the problem. I'm afraid that they're not getting optimal nutrition. Any suggestions?

  2. HouseCat

    HouseCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had the same problem when I first got my banties. Come winter, they couldn't forage to supplement their diet and I realized they were only eating the bird seed. Eventually their feathers started falling out and they got a pretty bad case of lice. I had to quit buying bird seed all together and switched to the All-Flock blend. They would get a small amount of scratch at night and free access to their All-Flock ration. It seemed that they became addicted to the seed and quit eating their ration. It finally dawned on me when I went 2 months on one bag of feed. I threw out the old feed and got them a fresh bag of All-Flock.
    It took some tough love and a few nights going to bed hungry but they came around, grew all of their feathers back, and I got rid of the lice.
    Good luck

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