My Birds are Ignoring Snails and Earth Worms

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by PunkinPeep, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock of 6 b.o.'s is just 7 1/2 weeks old. Today, i noticed that they had a couple of gray snails by their feeder that they were totally ignoring, and then when they were out in the yard for a little while, i saw an earth worm come up out of the ground right where 3 of my birds were pecking around, and they completely ignored the worm.

    I know they're not blind or anything. They chase bugs and moths and what not.

    Is there something i can do? Will they figure it out eventually, or should i try to feed them a snail or something? I want them to get the most out what is naturally around for them to eat.

    I'm a total newbie, so all advice is helpful, and nothing is really too basic.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    hehehe I bet they'll figure it out.

    Mine play tug-o-war with worms, and they just discovered slugs today.


    How long have they been outside? I figure it'll just take a little time.
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  3. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They've been outside for about a week and a half. But i think the snails might be new since we've just had a lot of rain. I'm excited for them to start taking advantage of worms and stuff. We have LOTS of them, and i know they're good for the chicks, right?
     
  4. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    regular earth worms do cause chickens to have
    gapeworms
    which attach to the throat area and look like a y
    as the male is one part and the female is the other part
    they can cause some distress to cickes
    earth worms are the host for gape worm larvea
     
  5. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:oh my gosh! i had no idea.
     
  6. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it took months for my chickens to figure it out.
     
  7. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

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    My 8 week olds would run freakinout any time i tossed a bug in there run, finally one got the courage to peck one then it waas on,, now they all look for the lil buggies in the run...
     

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