mice eat feed, chickens do not

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pullorroo, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. pullorroo

    pullorroo Out Of The Brooder

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    after keeping the feeder full of feed for 8 months, and never having to even top it off, seems the mice have discovered it, and emptied it over night.... do I continue to feed them ? the mice...

    is it bad that my hens don't eat feed, but free range and enjoy table scraps ? we eat very healthy wholesome foods, no junk... they get scraps twice a day.... plus grains
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    well, are they even eating any of the feed? If not, why even bother leaving it out, the mice will just eat it.
     
  3. pullorroo

    pullorroo Out Of The Brooder

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    Exactly , but I always thought they should have access to food and Water at all times
     
  4. pullorroo

    pullorroo Out Of The Brooder

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    is it OK if they only eat table scraps and grains as scratch ? and free range... bugs plants worms
     
  5. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    well, if they dont eat it at all, and they have something to eat (grain and scraps) why pay to feed the mice? Do they ever eat the food?
     
  6. Jillylam

    Jillylam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. How many hens do you have? If they're not eating their feed I wouldn't leave it sitting there for that many months. When I first got my girls at about 5 months old, they wouldn't eat the pelleted feed that I bought. I switched to the crumbles and they dove right into it. They free range most of the time (except at night) and they get a lot of garden scraps and kitchen leftovers, but they still eat a good amount of their food. I have 6 hens and I only put as much food in their feeder that they will go through in about a week. Also, it's a hanging feeder.

    edited to add: I re-read your post where you said you give 'grains'. Is that scratch grains? How about going way less on the scratch and seeing if they'll go for their feed?
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2009
  7. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    How big is your feeder? * month feed would have barely any nutrition left in it, and it would be stale. Yes, mt hens will not eat pellets either, i have to use crumbles. Are they laying?
     

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