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, otherwise join BYC here!

They won't eat pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Ellie, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    We got 50lb of pellets by mistake instead of their crumble. The hens won't eat the pellets.

    Is there anything you have done with them that may work? I sure hate to waste them. Can you cook and make a mash out of them? (the pellets, not the girls!![​IMG])

    Thanks,
     
  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    25,559
    65
    411
    Sep 25, 2007
    Michigan
    I've never known a chicken to starve if food was in front of it...give them some time...if you HAD to, you could maybe put some in a food processor and process them into crumbles, and then sprinkle the crumbels on top of the pellets to sort of ease them into it. Or, if you have some scratch feed for treats, sprinkle that on top of the pellets. I'm sure they'll get the hang of it! I switched mine over "cold turkey" last year and never had an issue, and I'm so glad! They waste so much less of the pellets than they do of the crumble. Good luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    838
    0
    139
    May 19, 2008
    WNY
    You could try adding some warm water to the pellets to soften them. Then after a few days, do the same thing, but sprinkle some of the hard pellets on top. They will have to eat the hard pellets to get to the soft food. Then you should be able to switch them over.
     
  4. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    My chickens balked at first but they "caved in" eventually.

    Believe me, there's no chance of starving a chicken with food present.
     
  5. WalkingWolf

    WalkingWolf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    North Carolina
    I have the same problem, my flock does not care for the pellets. I mixed them with crumbles and scratch and no luck. Looks like I will have to get a food processor and grind them up.
     
  6. dave27889

    dave27889 Chillin' With My Peeps

    386
    0
    149
    Apr 27, 2007
    Washington, NC
    I had the same problem with my RIR's. I even mixed them with mash and they just picked around the pellets. I only had ten hens at the time so I mashed the pellets down with a big solid brick and put the pellets in a canvas bag. I put the pellets in the bag and put a board on top of the bag and hit the board with the brick to break up the pellets. It was a pain but I used the whole bag up and I will not use pellets again. Later, Dave in NC
     
  7. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Thanks for the replies. They are just so stubborn about these pellets. Tried for a week and no go.

    These girls won't starve for sure!! They get cooked oatmeal with yogurt every morning, lol.

    I think I will try to smash them... good idea with the brick. I have tried mixing them with the crumbles to no avail.

    Gee, my kids were more easily trained then these 11 girls! [​IMG]
     
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    25,559
    65
    411
    Sep 25, 2007
    Michigan
    Try sprinkling some on top of the oatmeal/yogurt. Start with a sparse amount, then increase. I bet they'll be eating them in NO time!
     
  9. Hiedi

    Hiedi Chillin' With My Peeps

    109
    0
    129
    Feb 24, 2008
    Upstate SC
    I had the same problem recently. I decided to switch to pellets because mine seemed to be wasting a lot of food when I used the crumbles; much of it ended up on the ground. So I bought a bag of pellets, and the RIRs did not seem to like it much. After a couple of days I was getting concerned. So I bought them some crumbles and mixed the food half/half. That way the pellets did not get wasted. Now they seem to pick through the food and get what they like. That seems to be working out better. I thought about trying to crush the pellets as someone already mentioned, but that seemed like such a pain so I abandoned that idea. I even tried putting the pellets in an old wheat grinder, but I ended up with chicken flour. I never thought in a million years that I would be catering so much to these chickens.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    I thought of putting through the grinder too. Glad you let me know I would have chicken flour. [​IMG] Maybe I should make them their very own chicken bread. [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by