My Chickens Won't Eat Weeds Or Worms

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Melovechickens, Mar 2, 2017.

  1. Melovechickens

    Melovechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I have no idea what to do to make them eat the weeds in my yard or the worms!!! They are being very picky. I am trying to give them Henbit, but it isn't working. They peck at it and then stare at me. Same thing with the worms. I really want them to weed my garden so I don't have to. I also don't want to spray weed killer everywhere. How do I get them to like it????[​IMG]
     
  2. Matthew01

    Matthew01 Just Hatched

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    First how old are they and some weeds they don't like.
     
  3. Melovechickens

    Melovechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my chickens is 1 year and a half. The other two in her small flock passed away. I got 2 new ones that are around 9 months. The one from the previous flock (1 year and a half chicken) used to eat worms until her sisters passed away. : (
     
  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine don't eat worms either but LOVE mealworms [​IMG] They know what they like, that's for sure, prefer my plants to weeds [​IMG] Never had this 'issue' with my past chickens. Got these when they were 6 - 7 months, they were outside so assume they know worms [​IMG] but guess they're not 'stupid' and wait for the GOOD STUFF, ha ha
     
  5. AmandaKyle

    AmandaKyle Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Chickens are so weird! My chickens have zero interest in dried meal worms, but will fight to the death over a live earthworm. They also rush the door to the run for a chance to get to the grass and snag a bit even thought they get fresh greens almost daily!
     
  6. Hay Belly

    Hay Belly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would you want your chickens to eat earthworms? I assume that's what you meant. Earthworms are very beneficial to your garden and have parasites that harm chickens.
     
  7. AmandaKyle

    AmandaKyle Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Hay - I had no idea that earth worms could pose a threat to chickens. In the occasion that I find one under a rock I always toss it into my run and they play tug o' war with it. No ill effects thus far, thankfully.
     
  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Overrun With Chickens

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    WOW, that's news to me, was not aware earthworms have parasites that harm chickens. I've got those but also those skinny, red ones that I find in decomposing piles of grass, shavings, kitchen toss outs.
     
  9. LovelyChicks130

    LovelyChicks130 Just Hatched

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    Wow. Mine eat at everything. Can't have hostas at all! And mine even eat mice. I guess mine do eat some of the weeds, but they need to eat more. They could never eat enough of them at my house.
     
  10. Melovechickens

    Melovechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine LOVE mealworms. They will stand under me and peck the bag and run like an animal is about to eat them when I throw the mealworms. They just don't like the weeds. I really want them to eat the weeds that they can eat so I don't have to spray weed killer. I didn't know that worms can be harmful to chickens. Thanks
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2017

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