Originally Posted by RiversideChicks
ChickensAreSweet, I luv your reply. Would you please let me know how to find your website/page (sorry new to this sort of website)?
My 4 little chicks are now 7 weeks old and their two mum's have shared the job incredibly well. In my researching all the different feed types and requirements I have stumbled upon information that says chickens actually thrive better on a crumble. I'm running out of the chick crumble they have all been eating whilst I fed my chicks the medicated feed (I've lost a few birds to illness so didn't want to risk the chicks, I think living on a river makes them more susceptible). As that is now running low it is time to consider what feed next. I'd prefer to stick with crumble if it means happy healthy chickens. Any views on this ChickensAreSweet? Also, what's the difference between a crumble and a mash?
A mash is powder basically, that you can wet (only make 24 hours' worth at a time to prevent mold, which can kill chickens) or serve dry.
Crumbles are small clumps of feed, but smaller than pellets.
I don't have anything on my page anymore but like these sites:
Your chicks should not go on layer pellets until they are about at the point of lay because it has too much calcium. So it is best to feed them starter/grower or grower now (starter or starter/grower up until about 8 weeks of age) that they are coming up to the 8 week point in a week if you are buying new feed.
You may be able to find layer crumble if you want to go that route instead of pellets when they start laying, around 20 weeks. Pellets are popular since there is generally less waste with them.