Our girls won't eat layer pellets and act like they are starving all the time

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Falklandschucks, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Falklandschucks

    Falklandschucks Hatching

    Sep 17, 2014
    We have 3 Chickens that refuse to eat layer pellets. We do spoil them with scraps and plenty of corn but only because they seam to be hungry all the time. We have tried reducing the corn but they still do not touch the pellets.

    The other thing is they screech really loudly until we feed them. This means that they wake us and the neighbours up in the morning with their call for food. Does anyone have any tips and does it matter that they won't have the corn?
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  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Hi and welcome

    You hit the nail on the head - they are spoiled children who are throwing a tantrum and when they do you are giving in -- why would they stop doing what they are doing? It's time for a little tough love. You need to buckle down, cut the treats entirely and stick to your guns for a couple of days - when the choice is pellets or nothing, they WILL eat the pellets -- right now the choice is pellets or throw a fit until you get junk food (that is what the corn is), and of course they choose throw a fit and get junk food, because that works for them. When that tactic stops working for them they will stop using it. Reducing the corn did not help because they were still getting the corn, so they had something to hold out for and knew you would give in - it has to be cut, completely, for now.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    x2! I would love to live on champagne and strawberries, myself, but can't. Your birds are hungry because they aren't getting adequate nutrients, and because they have trained you well. Mary
  4. 11mini

    11mini Songster

    Aug 17, 2014
    Lake Stevens, WA
    Stop all treats - they will be eating the pellets within the day.
  5. NC118

    NC118 In the Brooder

    May 4, 2014
    Welcome NC
    I tried the pellets and for some reason they wouldn't eat them. I switched back to crumbles and they eat them like a sewing machine with their heads going up and down lol

    The rooster didn't mind the pellets but my hens wanted nothing to do with them
  6. I had the same trouble trying to get my hens to eat Indian Corn. After a day or two and a few adventurous hens getting into the act the flock discovered that they absolutely loved red and blue corn kernels.

    It would however be interesting to see the guaranteed analysis on the tag sewed onto the feed bag that the pellets came in.. Ditto for the crumbles.
  7. KendyF

    KendyF Songster

    Jun 18, 2014
    My chickens don't like pellets either, so they get crumbles.. What's the difference?
  8. jacksprat1980

    jacksprat1980 In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2014
    Beware, some crumbles and 'grower' feeds contain ingredients which can't be fed to layers....in fact eggs can't be consumed for two weeks after feeding of these has been ceased in some cases. Read the packaging carefully!

    Cut out the scraps and corn. Corn is like chicken candy. We use a little as bribery to get them locked away, but otherwise avoid it.

    Good luck!!
  9. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Songster

    Jun 10, 2014
    No, it's not.

    Corn is the base of the vast majority of chicken feeds out there - it's no more "candy" than sunflower seeds, millet, or any other grain. Feeding chickens nothing but corn is a bad idea, but that's true of pretty much anything.
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  10. jacksprat1980

    jacksprat1980 In the Brooder

    Sep 18, 2014
    Lol. I meant the way they act towards it more than the nutritional side....our chickens and corn is like our kids and candy!. Ours go crazy with excitement when the kids take the corn out to them. [​IMG]

    It must taste better because like the scraps, they'll always take it over the pellets....my point was if you want them to eat their pellets, save the 'candy/good stuff' for treats or after they've eaten their 'main' feed. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2014
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