I’m not exactly sure what changed or if it was just my observation that has become more acute. I suspect the real reason I’m only noticing this food choice now, is because it has become cold enough for the rats to hibernate.
When I feed the chickens, there are two different types of food that I mixed together for them each time. One type is the palate style grain and the other type is a preset mixture of bits and pieces of corn and coral and other nutrients that are designed for chicken feed.
Previous to this week, I would have said that the chickens eat each of the two types equally because it was usually gone but the time I returned to their plates. Yesterday and today however I have detected a preference within them. They clearly like the chicken scratch combination more.
When I provide them with enough quantity to fill up their chicken bellies, they tend to leave the grain pellets behind. In the past, I suspect the rats would come out and finish off the plates and lead me to believe that the chickens were eating everything.
This is clearly not the case. As you can see from the photo above they have pegged away at all of the juicy bits and left behind what I will refer to as the green vegetables of the chicken world. Not to say that they really are green vegetables but to compare them to what children tend to leave behind on their plate.
Sadly the chickens and the dog don’t have the same kind of relationship that humans do so they can’t reach under the table and feed their pet the leftovers unbeknownst to the parents. They just leave it behind.
I’m not sure what to do with this information. Do I feed them smaller quantities so that they’re hunger forces them to eat what is there, or do I feed them less of the grain without any research to know how that will affect their growth over the winter months.
Maybe I’ll look it up online if I remember later. That’s a big maybe.
For now, I am content with this new knowledge that’s chickens and humans are more alike than I thought. When given the choice they’ll eat the steak and leave the Brussels sprouts behind.