They don't like their yogurt.........?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SillyChick, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. SillyChick

    SillyChick Songster

    Dec 15, 2007
    I bought a small tub of yogurt. I bought it generally for the chicks. It's pretty expensive!

    The name is: Nestle Creamy Yogurt, plain flavor, No artificial flavors, No Preservatives, Has Live Microorganisms for better digestion

    We tasted it and all we tasted was sour. It wasn't good! [​IMG]

    Now to give it to the chicks. First, we gave the 2 one week-old chicks. They approached my finger of yogurt, had a taste, then wiped its face on the shavings. I carried the chick and dipped its beak on the yogart, but they really didn't like it. One even vomitted. Now I tried to give some to my 3-week old cornishes. Knowing that they are non-stop eating machines, I tried to give them some. They all ran to it, had a taste, and was disgusted. Why??? They don't unlike me or anything, they like me very well. What do you think is the cause? Maybe it was just too sour. I saw some flavored yogurt in the store saying there's no artificial additives and naturally flavored. We tasted it before and it was very yummy. There's also a flavor that's plain but sweetened.

    What do you say?

  2. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Songster

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    Mine like the vanilla flavored
  3. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    Mine don't like it either. They would not come across it in nature.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I like mine sweetened and so do my pets. [​IMG]

    There's a thread in the recipe section for making your own yogurt. It needs the right temperature to grow well. A bit of the container you just bought, will seed a whole new batch, added to regular old milk. Then it only costs as much as milk!

    Most people like it with fruit, although vanilla is good, too. If you like some texture, you can even add some chopped nuts or sunflower seeds. It's really good for you.

    Oh, that's right, this is the feeding chickens section! If you sweeten it some, they should like it more. If they still don't like it, you can mix some into warm oatmeal. That seems to be a popular idea around here. You can also add whatever treats you think they would like mixed in, although younger chicks aren't usually eating much for treats.

    Although chickens would not be eating yogurt in their natural environment, the good bacteria found in it are a natural part of an adult chickens digestive system. One of the things the good bacteria do in a digestive tract, is create a particular ph environment. It just so happens that this ph is not one that bad, disease causing bacteria like. It's an especially good idea to supply sources of the good bacteria to the young, the sick and those who have had antibiotic therapy.
  5. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Mine like the plain Dannon lable yogurt. [​IMG]
  6. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Songster

    Sep 20, 2007
    Marin, California
    Yesterday mine had peach yogurt for the first time, I left to feed the horses and in 2 minutes it was all gone! [​IMG]
  7. pattycake

    pattycake Songster

    May 7, 2007
    fingerlakes, ny
    Mine didn't like it at all as chicks, but when they got a little older I mixed it with oats and they LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I used just store brand plain unsweetened at first, then I started making my own (cheeper!) and we all love it. I use Greek yogurt as starter and it isn't even sour. I give mine a cup a day mixed with oats and whatever kitchen scraps I have.

    It's good for their digestion (and ours) and has calcium and protein, too.
  8. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i only found out my chickens liked it because someone said give it to the goats who refused it and the chickens ran over like heeeeeeeey. they loved it. i think the kind i tried was sweetened.

    i got some yogurt starter from the people who own the corner store. they make it everyday from scratch. i am hoping either i will like it, or the animals will. lol.

    either way, neat to try.
  9. Xtradust

    Xtradust Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Orange, CA
    I have some three week old chicks that I would like to start on yogurt.

    Problem is, they eat their Chick Starter (Kruse's) like it's crumbled Snickers bars and won't even look at it. I dipped their beaks, no dice.

    They do step in it a lot and spread it around the brooder. Which is a big help.

    Maybe it's good for their feet too...[​IMG]
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Mine like vanilla flavored as well. Sometimes, like with the babies, I put some on a teaspoon and sprinkle some starter-grower on it.
    Yogurt shouldn't be sour if it is fresh. It gets more sour with age, although it is still good.

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