Layer pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Patoot, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there.

    I got layer feed for the first time yesterday. I told her I wanted layer pellets. When I got home, I saw it was a 16%. Is that okay? Do I need 22%? Two of my 4 are laying, but the other 2 are well over 20 weeks so I think it's okay that I finally switched. None are thrilled with the pellets, but I'm hoping they get used to it. I'll give it a couple days and if they won't do it, I'll go get them some crumble, or smash these bits. [​IMG]

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  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    16% is normal for laying feed.

    Mine took a while to get used to the pellets - I thought they were never going to start eating them! They were wasting too much crumble, so I was adamant they were switching to pellets and they eventually started eating them and everyone is happy now - even my tiny Seramas handle the pellets just fine.
     
  3. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They aren't eating it at all. I think I'm smash some and mix in the full pellets. Poor things...they are looking for their old food. I have some left, but I'm trying to get them on the new stuff. Silly chickens.

    Bree
     
  4. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long did it take them to eat it?

    Bree
     
  5. hitnspit

    hitnspit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine started out at 20%. The bird would not eat it also. Bought another brand and it was at 15 % for some reason they can not get enough of it. At the time i fed the 20% to the turkeys who love it......jim
     
  6. Coreyboy18

    Coreyboy18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine said no to the pellets at first, they ate a small amount. But after about a week or so, they are eating them up. Give it time, they'll get it. I was having a problem with them wasting so much crumble as well.
     
  7. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is what I do and have never had a problem. I mix what protein feed I have left in sob the pellets. They have always eaten it. Hope this helps and good luck.
     
  8. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they gonna starve in the mean time?

    Bree
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:A chicken will not starve themselves to death if appropriate food is available. They are just stubborn and don't like change. If I were you, I'd leave them on the pellets and cut out all treats for a few days. They get hungry enough, they'll decide that the pellets taste mighty good.
     
  10. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:A chicken will not starve themselves to death if appropriate food is available. They are just stubborn and don't like change. If I were you, I'd leave them on the pellets and cut out all treats for a few days. They get hungry enough, they'll decide that the pellets taste mighty good.

    I agree, they get hungry they are gonna eat good.
     

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