Is this normal sprouting/foddering eating?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lissalischicks, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. lissalischicks

    lissalischicks Songster

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    So my girls only eat the seeds. They break off the green stalk and munch on the seed. Is this normal? I thought they were supposed to eat the green portion. I have tried alfalfa, black sunflower, wheatgrass, oats, barley and couple other seeds with ( what I feel is) no success. But is it normal?
     
  2. nchls school

    nchls school Crowing

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    Chickens, like many children, are slow to try anything new. Keep offering. My flock loves some greens and sprouts; grass shoots of any kind, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, etc.

    They don't like cauliflower, squash, egg plant, and peppers-green or otherwise.
     
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    nchls school Crowing

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    Then stop and, maybe, try something else. Mine love dried mealworms and hard-boiled egg.
     
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    They already get all that and then some but greens have different benefits. I was just wondering if what they were doing was normal or normally chickens eat the green and all.
    I always try it again during fall and winter because our grass dies and I try to get them to eat spouts or fodder.
     
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    nchls school Crowing

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    Have you tried planting seed in a pot/container, let it get some height to it, then set the pot/container in with your birds. Oats and millet work well for this as does wild bird seed.
     
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