Crumbles or pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dwheil, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. dwheil

    dwheil New Egg

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    What exactly is the difference between layer crumbles and pellets? I have been getting eggs for about the last month and have them on crumbles. Do I need to switch to pellets at some point or are both feeds the same? I would be lost without this forum.
     
  2. CBee

    CBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe crumbles and pellets are exactly the same thing, except pellets are shaped similarly to rabbit food, in small cylinders.

    My girls prefer crumbles. We tried giving them pellets a couple weeks ago and they absolutely refused to touch them. We ended up buying the crumbles a few days later because not a single one of them had taken a bite since we switched over. [​IMG]
     
  3. sewincircle

    sewincircle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its funny that this was posted today!! I always buy the crumbles for my flock. This week I accidentally bought the pellets!! I was just not paying attention. It is the exactly the same feed, just a different form. Some people say that pellets are less wasteful but mine love the crumble better. Mine are eating it but I have noticed I dont have to fill the feeder as much. I need to keep an eye on them though to be sure they are eating enough. I also mix black oil seeds in their food as a treat.
     
  4. lleighmay

    lleighmay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are different forms of the same food if purchasing the same brand at the same place. Usually I buy crumbles (maybe because they are like all the other foods they've been on since I got them) but twice now I've had to buy pellets due to TSC being out. The first time I put them out they looked at them skeptically for about 30 seconds, then dove in; the second time they never even seemed to notice. A friend of mine has had similar experiences. I haven't noticed more/less waste with either kind. I'll still continue to buy the crumbles when available (ok, so I can be a stick in the mud), but won't hesitate to substitute in a pinch.

    Edited to say I bought pellets due to TSC being out
     
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  5. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pellet... crumble.. mash.

    all the same food, different "sizes" i dont like the mash,, it just blows away on windy days... and i dont like the pellets because my banties say it is to big for them.... so i feed the CRUMBLE
     
  6. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wont eat the pellet. So it's crumbles only here
     
  7. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if/when i accidently get the pellet.. i sprinkle water on it,, water makes it soft and then the chickens gobble it up..
     
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  8. sewincircle

    sewincircle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats a good idea Sandy!!! I just did that (accidently bought the pellets) hehehe
     
  9. dwheil

    dwheil New Egg

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    Thanks for the fast reply. Based on your expert responses I believe I'll stick with the crumbles. My chickens love to eat so why spoil a good thing. Now if only I whould have found this site before I got my chickens I would have found out that you do not need 24 chickens for a few eggs every day. Up to abour 18 eggs a day. Anybody need a few eggs??

    Dennis
     
  10. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC
    I started my flock on pellets and found they liked it better the crumbles made a mess to sandy.
    and a little yogurt for a treat.

    Eggs are selling for 1.50 a doz
    or donate to the food ministry.
    just a thought.
     
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