my 16 week chickens hate pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by max101, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    newcastle Australia
    I have 4 silkies 3 are 16 weeks old and 1 is 7 months. They hate pellets. They love scatch though. I give them mealworms, yoghurt, weetbix, sultanas, noodles, rice and peas and corn as well as treats. They refuse to eat pellets I put them down and no way will they eat them. How can I trick them into eating them. Can I smother the pellets in something. I have bought different pellets from different stores to no avail.
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    are they laying yet? is it layer pellets? if so you could try layer mash instead they may waste more but maybe they are having a hard time with the pellets.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2009
  3. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    Hahaha [​IMG]

    I think the real issue is they have developed a taste for the "human" foods instead of the chicken foods. Mine are the same way Given the choice between pellets, scratch and my daughter's left over bread crust, they always run for the bread crust first... then the scratch,... then the pellets. They're not stupid.
  4. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    Stop feeding them so much treats..... mine resisted at first until they realized that is the bulk of their meals.... Skip the treats for a couple days until they start eating it or just throw the pellets as treats LOL giving them just treats will make them fat that can lead to other health problems...
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Agreed. When there's nothing to eat but pellets, they learn to like them real fast.
  6. max101

    max101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    newcastle Australia
    My 7 month old lays an egg a day but it is autumn here in australia so that may stop soon. Yesterday when I was giving my chooks there meal worms poach had a massive lump on her chest it is down this morning though. They always eat eat and eat some more. They run around the yard all day and are penned at night. I will find some crumble for them
  7. PhlyinPheBee

    PhlyinPheBee Poodles, Chicken, Goats--OH MY!!

    Mar 11, 2009
    Northeast Louisiana
    My hens HATE pellets. I have to get them crumbles. They cost more but it is better than wasting the pellets.

    Good luck.
  8. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    pellets can be put in a metal garbage can and using something big try to crumble them till they get used to them
    also if you don't feed so much other things they will eat pellets
    mainly one feeds treats to watch the chickens interact with them selves
    so they will eventually see you are not giving them so many extras and not wait on them

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