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So, I Just Bought Another Bag Of Layer Feed. (holy Crap They're Eating About A Bag Every 1-2 Weeks)
Anyway.... Can You Tell Me What The Difference (besides The Obvious) Is Between The Pellets Or Crumbles? I Haven't Purchased Pellets Yet... I Was Thinking That Crumbles Were Better For Their 'poor' Digestive Tracts. They Have Plenty Of Grit (via All The Sand We Put In The Run That They Eat) But Should They Have The Pellets? Would That Make Them Eat Less? I Think I'm Confused On That Part...... Thanks!!!


Edited by ksct - 10/13/09 at 1:22pm
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with 1 new german shepherd puppy!
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Originally Posted by ksct 

So, I Just Bought Another Bag Of Layer Feed. (holy Crap They're Eating About A Bag Every 1-2 Weeks)
Anyway.... Can You Tell Me What The Difference (besides The Obvious) Is Between The Pellets Or Crumbles? I Haven't Purchased Pellets Yet... I Was Thinking That Crumbles Were Better For Their 'poor' Digestive Tracts. They Have Plenty Of Grit (via All The Sand We Put In The Run That They Eat) But Should They Have The Pellets? Would That Make Them Eat Less? I Think I'm Confused On That Part...... Thanks!!!


there is no diffrence, but I hate pellets, my chicken will not eat it.

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post #3 of 33

Mine won't eat the pellets either.  I did hang my feeder and that seemed to have stopped some of the waste as they can't scratch it out

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post #4 of 33

In my experience the mash gets wasted, even with a hanging feeder my chooks would rub their beaks all in it and cause the mash to spill out. I switched to pellets and I have barely any waste and my chooks eat the pellets just fine, I figured some of the bugs they eat are bigger than the pellets. gig they eat the pellets right down.
Now I use a PVC feeder and they have to stick their heads in the opening to get feed, so if I were to switch to mash they could not spill it out, I just prefer the pellets. GOOD LUCK.

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post #5 of 33

I prefer pellets to crumbles, simply because the waste is less.  The pellets are larger so if they do have spillage it's much easier for the chickens to see and eat then the crumbles! justmy2cents!

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post #6 of 33

I have decided I like the pellets. My chickens do not like them. So they only eat them if they are hungry and don't make such gluttons of themselves.
  I figure if they are hungry, they'll eat them. And they are bigger and can be found on the floor easier than crumbles. The crumbles are just floor dust.

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post #7 of 33

I have to agree the crumbles get wasted.  I have a hanging feeder at back height and Pellets last almost twice as long as crumbles because there isn't as much waste.  There are a few rumors about picking and other behavior but I am on year two in a closed coop through the winter and no pecking or behavior issues and egg laying is the same.


Edited by fasbendera - 10/14/09 at 8:41am
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post #8 of 33
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sooooo.... what you're telling me is i'm going to have to get pellets and try myself? lol

this is a picture of our homemade feeder.....
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/29072_120_0976.jpg

we do get some waste if they're being greedy but mostly it's pretty ok..... (the stuff on the floor in the pic is because DH filled it VERY full...)
Does anyone know if the chickens eat 'less' with the pellets because the pieces are larger? i don't know if mine would really like the pellets....

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with 1 new german shepherd puppy!
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DH, 8yo munchkin, 1 dearly loved dog and 10 buff orpington pullets (we lost one).... and all the wild animals you can imagine
with 1 new german shepherd puppy!
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post #9 of 33

With your feeder, I would go with pellets.  It looks like it would be pretty easy for them to beak out food from it.

I have used both pellets and crumbles.  My birds seem to prefer crumbles, and I don't get any waste with my feeder.  I am, however, going to switch back to pellets, because I can get pellets a couple dollars cheaper per 50 lb. bag than crumbles.

post #10 of 33

Your chickens will eat pellets in time,they will get hungry and eat em.I perfer to feed crumbles to my ducks becouse they can more easily digest them.

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