Why aren't they eating?!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by frankenchick, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
    My chickens usually attack the feeders in the morning. It's like a scrimmage. Last week, the TSC had nothing but pellets, and we were out of food, so I bought those rather than the crumbles the girls have eaten for years.

    Yesterday, when I went to turn the light on at dusk, I noticed that there was at least a scoop full left in the one feeder (I give them 6 scoops, or about 12 c.). Today, they didn't seem interested. Do they just not like this form of feed -- it's the same brand and % protein -- or is there another possible issue?
  2. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd moisten the pellets for a few days. Give in a stock bowl.
    They get persnickety at the texture change and because it's winter I'd cater to them for a while to get them eating.
    You can mix with a little oil or yogurt, too.
  3. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    Benton Twp., Michigan
  4. janie's silkies

    janie's silkies Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2009
    What is the story on giving chickens oil in their feed and what is best?I have one white silkie rooster and two gray silkie hens
  5. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    Some chickens just don't ever like pellets. They do better when introduced at a young age. Grind them up, or do as Lynne P suggests, to make sure they are eating. Keep a close eye on them, if they never take to them you should go back to crumbles, as they CAN starve themselves.

    edited because I should be in bed and make stupid typing mistakes...
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2010
  6. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    my chooks would not eat pellets (when I got the wrong bag from TSC), I called TSC and took it back, they traded me for a bag of crumble. If it is Layena don't worry...they will take it back as purina is very good about that. If TSC doesn't help you, call purina cause they will.
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    How are the chooks today? [​IMG]

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by