Okay, it's not really a crisis, but it is driving me crazy! We have two local sources for feed - our farmer's co-op and another feed store (southwest feeds) that is kinda hit and miss on carrying chicken feed. On more than one occasion I have gotten chicken feed from the co-op that was bug-y (mealy worms/bugs). Also, the pellets from the co-op tend to be very long. DH says they need to adjust something at the mill, I forget what it's called. My adult chickens are on layer pellets, have been since they started laying more than two years ago. They took to the pellets just fine. My juvenile flock (21 weeks old) started on layer crumbles three weeks ago, when I got my first egg and they were 18 weeks old. Although I'm the one that's always preaching that a chicken will eat pellets when they get hungry enough, I worry about the juvenile flock because I have two silkies and some meat birds (raised as layers). So far, the meaties are staring at the pellets, but not eating it. I've seen the silkies eat pellets, but they were shorter pellets from a different source. We can't always drive an hour away to get their feed from a good, consistent source. I would prefer to get their feed from the other feed store, knowing that the feed will be fresher and of consistent quality, but they only carry the pellets. Should I just get the pellets from southwest feeds and hope that the meaties figure it out? They are not the brightest of chickens.