1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Newly free-ranging chickens don't want my treats

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gophert, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. gophert

    gophert Out Of The Brooder

    89
    0
    39
    Sep 20, 2011
    My 3 girls used to eagerly chow down on all our veggie and kitchen scraps when we had them penned up in their chicken ark. Now that we are letting them out, they are turning up at their beaks at just about everything I offer except for fruit oranything grain- or protein-based. They are still quite enthused about their actual feed.

    This is fine, right? They know what they need? My yard is small--1/3 acre at most!--but is wild, weedy, grassy, mulchy, and buggy and probably full of all kinds of good chicken snacks.
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

    5,916
    544
    341
    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep, they are finding plenty of greens in the yard, but at least they will still come to you if you offer fruit or grains or protein, since treats are one of the few ways to exert influence over chickens. It sounds like they are getting a balanced diet.
     
  3. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    337
    0
    101
    Jun 30, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Thanks for this post. My girls are turning me down too.
     
  4. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    1,356
    12
    141
    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    In my humble opinion that is a good thing, they are happy with what you use as feed and free range.... [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by