Well, I got the wrong feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kdolly87, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    279
    2
    88
    Dec 22, 2014
    Dalton Ga
    [​IMG]I got pellets instead of crumbles and my fancy flock is too good for pellet food lol! Is there anything I can do to entice them to eat these cylindrical hell pellets? The squirrels don't even like it. I've thought about putting it in the food processor but I've got a 4 cup food grinder.. And 50 pounds of "inedible" feed.

    I've checked in the bag and there's nothing strange about it. No mildew or mold.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2015
  2. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    834
    37
    81
    Oct 8, 2015
    North Carolina
    Ju
    Just Grind It Up
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,686
    2,625
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    When they get hungry enough they'll eat pellets.
    Pellets waste less feed and end up being more nutritious in the long run because all the additives (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) are added as a powder and bound up in the pellet. In crumbles, those additives end up settling to the bottom as fines and the chickens won't eat them.
     
  4. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    4,766
    572
    281
    Aug 29, 2012
    Australia
    Been there done that. Tried grinding, didn't have an appliance could cope with how hard they are so that was a fail.

    So two things worked, went and bought some crumble and mixed the two together.

    And on a cold morning, pour some hot water over to just moisten, let cool to just warm. Nice warm treat for them.
     
  5. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    279
    2
    88
    Dec 22, 2014
    Dalton Ga

    Yeah I think I may have destroyed our food processor lol I'm gonna try the warm water with it! Thanks :D
     
  6. kdolly87

    kdolly87 Chillin' With My Peeps

    279
    2
    88
    Dec 22, 2014
    Dalton Ga

    Oh that's great to know! I hope I can coax them into eating these
     
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,686
    2,625
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    They won't starve themselves to death. I had one flock that didn't like them but eventually they relented. Chickens are voracious eaters. Without food, they'll eat bedding feces, leaves or whatever they can stick in their mouths. If nothing else is available, they'll start eating pellets and eventually prefer them.
    They're also creatures of habit.
     
  8. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    5,895
    701
    326
    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Be patient, chickens have no patients and will relent. It's a good idea to greatly reduce or stop treats all together for a week until they've grown accustom to the new form of feed. I move all birds over to pellet feed (not layer but an all flock type with lower calcium) when the youngest are around 12 weeks of age. Everyone is on non medicated starter/grower when growing out chicks. It takes a day or two for them to readily eat it but they wont starve themselves. Once accustomed you'll notice you go through less feed.

    *I should note that layer pellets are only for laying birds. Extra calcium is not good for growing birds. All flock type feeds like turkey finisher and the like come in pellet form and normal calcium levels of about 1%.

    As for wildlife eating the feed, think about using tamperproof rat bait boxes and chunx bait. Once rodents like squirrels, chipmunks, rats and mice get a colony going due to the feed source it's a nightmare. It's best to stop it from ever occurring. I find chunx poison effective and safe. I keep a tamper proof box right in the run. In three years only found one dead rodent on lawn in morning, tossed it in garbage. They usually go back to nest in ground or trees to feed young and all die there. There are other options but I find chunx very effective and safe. Nobody wants a boom population of rodents that take winter in your home. The stop to robbing of feed is only a small part of the equation.
     
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2015
  9. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,542
    479
    159
    Dec 15, 2014
    Massachusetts

    This chicken has patients. ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  10. SammileeChickie

    SammileeChickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    275
    13
    88
    Mar 7, 2015
    Southern California
    My chickens wouldn't eat pellets either, but I poured water over it and mixed it so it got kinda mushy and they LOVE IT. It's much cheaper than the food I used to give them and less mess [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by