I didn't let the hens out of the pen so they would be sure to take a look at the bowl of mash. If I open the coop door the hens are gone. I think there must be good things to eat out in the woods and that's why they turn their noses up at the dry food.
I've looked around under the leaf litter and I don't see anything to eat. The chickens have much better eyesight than I do.
I'll add a bit more water to the pellet mix tomorrow until the mixture clumps. I think I will add some oyster shell too. The hens like the bits that are soft and hold together. They even peck bits off each other's beaks.
I have 15 chickens so I put 15 handfuls of pellets in the bowl and added warm water and presto... chicken delight.
I stood around in the pen and watched the hens chow down on the mash. It was very interesting watching how the pecking order worked.
Poor Lonely (she was banished to the corner,) Curly the Cochin, and the two Buff Brahmas had to wait until the other hens were finished eating. When the hens were full they went for a drink and then sat down in a sunny spot. I finally let all the chickens except for Lonely and the Buff Brahmas out so the three hen could get something to eat.
Tomorrow I'll divide the feed up in more bowls and hope that will cut down on the competition. Probably not.
I'll continue hanging the regular dry pellet feeder in the pen all day so if any of the hens are hungry they can come get a snack.