Why do my chickens act like they are starving

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by lrayle, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. lrayle

    lrayle Chirping

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    [​IMG]I have 2 containers like this under shelter and they free range all day. But when I come home and give them bread or buns for a snack they act like they are starved and will take it out of the others mouths. I feed them scratch mixed with laying mesh
     
  2. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

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    Chickens love bread, and they have to hustle to eat some before the other chickens get it.

    I am sure your chickens would act the same way with other snacks, such as mealworms.
     
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  3. appps

    appps Crowing

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    Its just a bit like kids, they can eat a big dinner and be too full to finish it but offer them sweets and they are all starving suddenly lol

    Chickens love treats and they don't want another chicken to get something instead of them so they all fight over the treats thus looking like they are starving when they aren't really.

    However If you are at all concerned they could really be hungry just feel their crops occasionally during the day, rub their chest and you should feel a big lump on one side which is a sign of a full crop.
     
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  4. lrayle

    lrayle Chirping

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    yeah I give them to them too just not everyday to expensive thank you
     
  5. abuhr1

    abuhr1 Hatching

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    I thought it was just me. My chickens do this to. And have access to lot's of there food and water. Whenever i give them chicken scratch in the late afternoons they litterally jump on it. lol's.

    Amy
     
  6. BugGuy

    BugGuy In the Brooder

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    We have a hen we call "Pretty Girl" and she is just a little piglet. She eats so much that she looks like she swallowed a tennis ball. If you bring out treats, she will act like she's starving and keep eating, it's amazing.
     
  7. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster

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    one of my favorite chicken photo finds

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  8. Aacre

    Aacre Songster

    [​IMG] Mine act hungry all the time too. They all think that any time that I am outside with a cup, that I have food for them. I give them a cup of oatmeal or cracked corn every day for a snack. They always come running!
     
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  9. ccabal

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    Chickens are feathered 2-legged pigs. Their crops may be full but they still act like they haven't eaten in days!

    -Christian
     
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  10. TheEggCollecter

    TheEggCollecter Songster

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    Totally normal chicken behavior! All chickens act like they haven't eaten in days when they see food.

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