Layer Feed that Isn't Pellets. Okay?

oldhen2345

Crowing
Jun 22, 2015
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My chickens think that layer pellets soaked for as little as 15 minutes and served up at the consistency of cooked oatmeal are the best thing ever. Might be worth a try.
That is what I do. Used to ferment, but it just smelled like it soured sometimes, so I quit fermenting and just started giving wet feed. They all love it and scarf it down. I just wet it when I head out to the coop. By the time I am there, it has absorbed.
 

Wildeysue

Hatching
Jan 9, 2021
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0
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Hi All - my girls just flat out reject any pellets or crumbles I give them. They will eat scratch but not layer pellets or crumbles. I found these two products on Amazon that I want to try but wanted to know if any of you have tried them and/or like them as an alternative.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X5MPVJZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PS24841/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


any thoughts/comments? Ps Happy New Year to all of my chicken loving friends!
My girls, and my rooster, love the Henhouse Reserve! They wont eat pellets or crumbles either.
 

leslielbk

Songster
Hi All - my girls just flat out reject any pellets or crumbles I give them. They will eat scratch but not layer pellets or crumbles. I found these two products on Amazon that I want to try but wanted to know if any of you have tried them and/or like them as an alternative.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X5MPVJZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PS24841/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


any thoughts/comments? Ps Happy New Year to all of my chicken loving friends!
Many years ago when I first started keeping chickens I bought my feed from the local feed mill. Yes, a real feed mill - may they rest in peace. When I bought my first bag of scratch I asked him how come we don't just feed them that and he said because it's like pancakes for breakfast lunch and dinner 🤣
 

Herbalgem

In the Brooder
Jan 9, 2021
2
15
15
Hi All - my girls just flat out reject any pellets or crumbles I give them. They will eat scratch but not layer pellets or crumbles. I found these two products on Amazon that I want to try but wanted to know if any of you have tried them and/or like them as an alternative.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X5MPVJZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PS24841/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


any thoughts/comments? Ps Happy New Year to all of my chicken loving friends!
Hi! I’m a former Jersey girl! HUnterdon county, now an Adirondacker. I buy my feed from the Ernst family farm in Maryland. They have a beautiful all grain blend for layers called Homestead harvest. All their grains are also non-GMO which is quite important to me. They do deliver through HeartyPet (I think!) and the shipping is free. I do’nt like the crumbles or pellets because I want to see what is in the food! Good luck!
 

Ascholten

Chirping
Dec 12, 2020
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Jacksonville, FL
I still can't see a chicken ...... starving itself to death.... when there is food there just because it's not the flavor the bird wants. Ive seen them eat each others' poop, so they can't be THAT fussy when they are hungry!

STOP giving them the scratch grain, just stop for a few days, when there are no more treats, they will start eating what you put down for them. As some of the others have said, wetting it down a bit might make them like it a bit more as well but once they get hungry enough, they will eat it. I have found with mine, when there is an abundance of food, they get picky, but when the food is on the ground being stepped on / into the dirt for a day or two and I decide NOT to put their morning breakfast bowl out for them, yah sure they cry for a little bit, but sure enough by noon, all that food that formerly was being stepped on, has now been eaten. Then they get fresh food.

Basically, if you condition them that when they stand by their food dish and cry, they get fed, that's what they are going to do every time. Or just don't eat 'THIS" pellet and I'll get a different type.

It's tough love sometimes but it works. and really, is for their best interests.
 

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