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why won't my hens eat if the feeder is in the coop?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by l'abeille, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. l'abeille

    l'abeille Songster

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    I'd like to keep my pellet feeder in the coop due to rain and vermin. But my new hens won't eat unless I throw pellets in their run or move the feeder outside. They basically just sleep in the run. They don't even bother to eat the scratch I throw on the coop floor at dusk but just go straight to their roost. I open their door pretty early in the morning, they are still on the roost but head straight outside without using the feeder. How can I get them to come in to eat?
     

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Take away the roost in the run. And put them in the coop on a roost after dark. You may need to lock them in the coop for a week or two to teach them the coop is home.

    Imp
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If you don't feed them outside, eventually they'll find the feed on the inside.
     
  4. Oopoo

    Oopoo In the Brooder

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    A hungry chicken will eat!
     

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