when will they lay, and why do they refuse veggies??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by karlamaria, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    my chickens are I believe between 18 and 20 weeks, ( faces turning red. ) also why will they not eat veggies?? we have tried every veggie, soft hard, nope nothing. but... they love fruit, watermelon, grapes raisins you name it. we started them on laying feed, and extra calcium in case they will lay soon, hope Im doing it right !
  2. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
  3. peepacheep

    peepacheep Chillin' With My Peeps

    What pretty pullets! Are they Orpingtons? My hens started laying between 5 to 8 months of age depending on breed. The hatchery BA and RIR started right about at 20 weeks. The BO hens started between 6-7 months. One of my SS started at 8 months. What I have noticed with my flock is that the hens that start laying later grow much bigger than hens of the same breed that started laying younger.

    Generally I have to put new veggies in their run a few times before they figure out that the new green things will not kill them. That said none of my chickens are interested in anything in the carrot-celery-parsley family.
  4. Niss

    Niss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    My gals are also very disapionted when I give them veggies. They run over happily, then give me a disapionted look like "we thought you had treats?" when I throw them lettus, carrots, zuccini, peas, weeds from the garden...
  5. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    I trick mine into eating vegies when they're little, I grate whatever vegie I want them to eat into porridge and zap it in the microwave. They peck because they want the oats, the oats are sticky and stick to the grated vegie so it kind of forces the chick to try it! After a while they get chunks in porridge, now they're eat whatever I throw at them! Bonus is that the younger birds tend to copy so I don't have to bother over and over again!
  6. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Perhaps they feel they get enough in your yard [​IMG] We have no grass or weeds here except twice a year for a very short time so anything green gets our girls excited...well...except green bell peppers, they will not eat them.
  7. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:This is basically what I do, at any age. Scrambled eggs have worked great as a way to get them to try something new, though I have used cooked and raw oatmeal as well. I just scramble the eggs then stir in whatever I have.

    With watermelon, they were hesitant but liked the seeds and I think discovered by accident that the fruit was good, too. Apple trimmings even took some masking at first but now are a favorite. I threw out a bag of frozen green beans for them that had gotten freezer burned one day and they wouldn't touch them -- but later that day there wasn't a green bean anywhere. This week they are getting spent tomato plants. Took them hours to eat the fruit from the first one. Now they are stripped clean in a few minutes.
  8. karlamaria

    karlamaria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Western montana
    Im going to try giving them veggies in oatmeal! what a great idea, thank you [​IMG]

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