Newly free-ranging chickens don't want my treats

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

  1. gophert

    gophert In the Brooder

    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 Crowing

    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 Songster

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

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    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]

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