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Crumbles or Pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dacdeihl, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. dacdeihl

    dacdeihl Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    NorthEast, In
    Do you find that your chickens eat crumbles faster than pellets. What do you prefer?

    I fed them crumbles on Wednesday because the bags were on sale, a five gallon bucket. When to collect eggs last night and it was empty!!! Porkers. I have two five gallon feeders for 28 chickens. Granted I shut them up because of all the rain and how muddy their run was. So, anyways... do your chickens eat crumbles faster than pellets?

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A lot of people believe that chickens waste the crumbles, by spilling them.

  3. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Pellets go threw my feeders better. Crumbles clog them up
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Songster

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    I like pellets. I think there is a lot of waste when feeding crumbles. Not only do they seem to spill more, much of it turns to dust and clogs the bottom of my feeders. If you have been feeding crumble and choose to switch to pellets be sure to watch the birds carefully. Sometimes older birds have a hard time recognizing the new shape as food and while they will eat it eventually they can nearly starve themselves before they figure it out. You can end up with all kinds of health problems if the birds don't get enough feed, especially this time of year. My .02 good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  5. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    Mine went through crumbles alot fater than pellets....not sure if they wasted them or pigged out. So I have stuck to pellets.
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I get more eggs feeding pellets.
    If they spill any, they can pick it up, whereas crumbles disappear in the bedding
  7. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Mine prefer the pellets over crumbles. The crumbles to me seem to be wasted a lot more than the pellets. They also seem to no be billed out as much either...so I dont argue. Only reason we ahd them on crumbles was cos of the babies in the coop. They vastly outnumbered the two big girls so everyone was on crumbles.

  8. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I only feed pellets. No crumbles. I have read many posts on this topic over the last year and almost everyone seems to feel there is a lot of waste with crumbles. When I started feeding layer pellets I immediately started using pellets.
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've got to get back to pellets, they just eat the crumbles too fast.
  10. ChookHappy

    ChookHappy Dances with Chickens

    Oct 12, 2009
    Petaluma, Ca
    While we are on the subject I was curious if I planned to move them to pellets after being on crumbles their whole life if it would help to slowly mix the two until they figure out to eat the pellets?

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