Crumbles or pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Mikee1948, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    Which do you feed your birds? Mine seem to make a mess with the crumbles (scattered underneath the hanging feeder) but they seem to like them better.
  2. SelfMadeFarming

    SelfMadeFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2013
    I agree.

    I think a lot gets waisted with the crumbles.
  3. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    They do make a mess, but if you let the feeder "run dry" before you give them more, mine usually clean up their mess. Chickens are stubborn so getting them to take to pellets can take a few days. Good luck!
  4. tankgirl88

    tankgirl88 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2013
    SLC, Utah
    From what I understand crumble is better than pellets. It was explained to me at a chicken class I took that the pellets don't full break down and digest, therefor wasting a lot of the nutrients in the food. But I do agree that it is messier and I do *sigh* at the wasted food on the ground sometimes.
  5. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    Use pellets. Less is wasted and it saves you money in the long run
  6. oldrooster

    oldrooster One Crazy Nut

    how does one use mash? I have heard to feed it dry and some say to add water, also can crumbles be used as a mash with water?
  7. chickencoop789

    chickencoop789 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2012
    New Jersey
    My hens don't eat mash dry, but they love it with warm water in the winter. All chicken feed is essentially the exact same thing but in a different form. First the grain is compressed into pellets. Then broken up into crumbles. Then broken up more into mash. If you just crush up the crumbles a little more, then you can add some water and your chickens will love it. But feeding mash dry, just doesn't sound all that appetizing to me...
  8. nerd0geekboyz

    nerd0geekboyz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2011
    Layer PELLETS. I went the cold turkey method. Once I was out of crumble, I put in pellets. The chickens are dumb but not that dumb to not eat/starve.. :)
  9. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2013
    I agree. Pellets are better (less waste).

    I used crumbles for my first 50lb bag and they wasted a lot of it. Then switched to pellets and never looked back. With the feeder I made there is absolutely no waste. See the link in my signature line for a $3 bucket feeder!
  10. ShawnWatson

    ShawnWatson Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2014
    Erath County, TX
    Crumbles are more messy in my opinion as well. They do seem to like the crumbles a bit more though.I tend to give them a less amount so they clean it up if i have the crumbles instead of pellets. Of course they are always looking for bugs as well so i'm not too worried about them starving by any means when i give them less. Plus cracked corn as well. Main thing is just watching them to calculate how much they eat. My chickens are kind of pets but i do want high egg production as well. So yeah i use both crumbles and pellets. I just make sure they eat it all of whatever i'm giving them. I've used that method for 3 years and haven't had any problems.

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