Orpington Feeding Issues

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by hardrain, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. hardrain

    hardrain New Egg

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    Hi friends,

    We recently became the adopted parents of 6 nine-month old Buff Orpingtons. They're wonderful and lovely but adjusting slowly. They refuse to eat the pellets we are feeding them (about 5 days now) and are tearing my heart out with their squawking.

    I've been hand feeding them a little and they eat but lose interest and can't seem to understand there's lots of food there. I've tried changing feed troughs, feeding on the ground in the run, and read somewhere that transitioning feeds sometimes can be eased by making a warm mush so I tried that too. Even tried multiple feeds. Nothing's working so far...

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Our ladies and we will be very grateful!
     
  2. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    Were they fed pellets before you got them, or were they fed crumbles. Most prefer crumbles. And Welcome to BYC
     
  3. hardrain

    hardrain New Egg

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    Thanks!

    We tied crumbles first, and the second feed we tried was pellets. Only tried making the warm mash with the pellets... Working with the previous owner to sort it out. My fingers are crossed, but I'd feel better knowing any suggestions you all have.
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Can you offer scraps? Will they eat other food besides grains? What about scratch?

    Also, are they eating while you aren't there monitoring? Find their very favourite people food and mix it with their own pellets/crumble.
     
  5. TallChickMagnet

    TallChickMagnet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BO's will eat allmost anything in their way. Sometimes I even have to be careful of my fingers. Their favorate snack is unseasoned Top Roman. They also like melon, pumpkins, greens, popcorn, and cut grapes. I find it fun giving them snacks. I just leave their main food source out where they can get to it when they what or need it.

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    Last edited: Nov 2, 2012
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    My Bo's favourite was balonie :oops:
     
  7. hardrain

    hardrain New Egg

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    Interesting. That's my experience with our white leghorns. They'd gobble up anything we put in front of them...

    My housemate thinks they're dissatisfied with the coop floor -- which is wide gauge chicken wire. We lost our first 2 to a burrowing Raccoon, so this time we've built a fortress. Any thoughts on how this might affect feeding?
     
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Why don't you put plywood down and use shavings on top of that? They can't dig through wood.
     

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