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What foods do chickens hate?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ArtGirl, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. ArtGirl

    ArtGirl Chicken crazy

    I'm on the hunt for food that chickens absolutely won't eat. The story behind it is one of our chickens has started eating feathers.[​IMG] We don't want to get rid of here because she is the cutest but like always the cute ones are the evil ones[​IMG].
    Recently I've been trying to find ways to train her not to eat them. I have seen a spray that you can put on there feathers to make them taste bad but I don't want to spend a lot for a spray that could be made.
    So I've decided to take stuff that they won't even think of eating and spritz it on there feathers. Sadly I can't find anything that tells you what they hate[​IMG]. I know they hate onion but that all I know.
    Anything that they won't eat would be helpful and stuff that could be juiced would be great[​IMG]!
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2013
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    try upping her protein. she is lacking something or she wouldnt be doing that. [​IMG]
     
  3. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's eating her own feathers??!! She's not evil, she's trying to make up for what's missing in her diet. Make sure there is grit and crushed eggshells available always, fresh greens, scraps. Layer feed is usually pretty good. Is she still laying eggs? Oh, and my chickens refuse to touch onion, garlic, and citrus fruits.
     
  4. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and your avatar is awesome!
     
  5. ArtGirl

    ArtGirl Chicken crazy

    Thank you[​IMG]. We have been feeding them lots of chicken scratch and oyster shell to make up for the protein loss. We also have been trying to find high protein foods to give them but we can't spend a lot. We found a older bag of lentals and wheat that we cooked and gave them. We separated her for now but she can't be in the cage she is in for too long. I don't see her loosing any feathers so that's why I think she's just bored.
     
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2013
  6. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone correct me if i'm wrong.But scratch and oyster shell does not have any protein.purina flocker raiser has 20%.
     
  7. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oyster shell has no protein and scratch has around 9% depending on the mix, much less the regular feed.
     
  8. bucky52

    bucky52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my chickens are molting.I went to my local Tractor supply and was looking for some high protein feed. Start and grow was 24%,grower was 20%.And thank you for the info on scratch.I have never read the tag.My girls love scratch.I give them some as a treat.
     
  9. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhh, you beat me to it. Art Girl, oyster shell is calcium which is still important for your chicken's health. Scrambled eggs and meat are good for protein. Some folks don't feed their flocks meat but mine love it so they get it! [​IMG] My chickens get all the table scraps as well as layer feed and I've never ever had a case of worms, mites or lice.
     

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