My chickens aren't eating their new type of feed.

Lady Chickadee

Rocky Top Silkies
8 Years
Apr 1, 2011
Central Kentucky
I've switched my chickens to layer pellets and I don't think they're eating it. Its the same brand but its just the layer feed version. Is it because the pellets are so big and what am I suppose to do?


Project Manager
Premium Feather Member
Mar 21, 2011
New Mexico, USA
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I had this EXACT same problem with my girls. It seems that the babies don't like the layer feed as much as they liked the starter feed. What was recommended for me to do was to wet the feed down a bit so that it is moist. They told me that this would get them to eat. And you know what?? It works!! Get a tub and put some dry feed in it. Pour in a tiny bit of water, mix it till it is fairly wet.

Try it. My girls began eating the layer food with gusto! Good luck!
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8 Years
May 17, 2011
Vista San Diego County
Some of my flock started eating less after I switched to pellets but they waste less. I tried removing food for a couple of hours and put a few grains of scratch under the pellets and that worked. They are now, eating more but still less than before. If they free range they eat more oyster shell and less lay food.

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