Crumbles to pellets?

Julieschicks

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When we bought our chickens, we bought a 50lb bag of feed from the farm along with them. Then we knew what they had been eating and something good to continue them on. They’d been feeding Purina Flock Raiser crumbles. Good grief that stuff makes a mess!! Once this bag runs out, is there any reason we can’t switch to pellets? Can you get pellets in a grower feed before they start laying? They’re about 4mo old now. The bag we’ve got money get last another week or more. Just not sure if we’ll be able to just switch to layer pellets by then.
 

ChickenGirl555

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I don't think switching will hurt. When I switched my gals from crumble (they ate crumbles when they were chicks since they would choke on pellets) to pellets, they didn't care at all. It's basically the same thing except it's bigger and it takes less pecking for them to eat more at once.
 

EggSighted4Life

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I won't personally switch to layer that early... or EVER really. But I have multiple age and gender flock.

Birds being creatures of habit, they may protest the switch to pellets a little. And take some adjusting time. Some birds adjusty much faster and don't care one bit. You can try raising the feeder up to the level of their back, this helps A LOT. I do use crumbles. Purina flock raiser USED to come in pellets also, though I don't see it on their website anymore. And I think my LFS that still has the pellets is OLD stock.

Plenty of people do switch over to layer that young and may never see issues. Though it isn't my choice, you can do what makes you feel comfortable. I will state my Leghorn that was "supposed" to lay at 16 weeks did not until 22+.

Best wishes with your adventure! :wee
 

PirateGirl

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I switch feed almost every time I get to the bottom of a bag depending what feed store I'm at and what they carry. The chickens never seem to care. If they are hungry, they eat. I would not switch to layer before they are ALL laying. I've heard it actually can delay development and delay laying. Even once they are laying, there is no need for layer feed especially if only half are laying and half aren't (even with the same hatch date they never seem to all start laying the same time). You can and should (even if they get layer food) provide oyster shell on the side. They will take what they need when they need it.
 

Julieschicks

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You can try raising the feeder up to the level of their back, this helps A LOT.

Yes, I do need to raise it for sure. It sits on the ground right now. It’s just a small 7lb plastic feeder, but the temporary run we’re using right now is only 24” tall so it wouldn’t get it too far off the ground. :hmm
 

PirateGirl

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Yes, I do need to raise it for sure. It sits on the ground right now. It’s just a small 7lb plastic feeder, but the temporary run we’re using right now is only 24” tall so it wouldn’t get it too far off the ground. :hmm

You can just set it on a brick or something to get it up a few inches. That way they aren't as likely to be trying to scratch in it.
 

Julieschicks

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You can just set it on a brick or something to get it up a few inches. That way they aren't as likely to be trying to scratch in it.

I never thought of that! We’ve got lots of extra pavers sitting around. I’m totally doing that as soon as I get home today! They definitely try to scratch in it. And I’ve found poop in it several times too. Of course Pebbles, the ameracauna, just scrapes it out with her beak. Silly bird...
 

PirateGirl

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I never thought of that! We’ve got lots of extra pavers sitting around. I’m totally doing that as soon as I get home today! They definitely try to scratch in it. And I’ve found poop in it several times too. Of course Pebbles, the ameracauna, just scrapes it out with her beak. Silly bird...

I feel like my birds spill it all every day no matter how I set it up and then just eat it off the ground. I often find the top of the feeder separated from the base. The feeder is often rolled to the most impossible spot under the coop for a human to reach it and I have to fish it out with a long stick to refill it. I gave up for now, might build a PVC tube feeder this summer. Silly birds.
 

ChickNanny13

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I feed FR but I ferment it and there is NEVER any waste. The feed we get here (Hawaii) due to "having no other source or choices" are not the freshest. The feed store gets what's shipped to them, so they have not choice what's sent. I just purchased a bag, mill date Dec 15! The last couple bags have been so very dusty as I've heard from others. Fermenting I use the dust & nothing is wasted. I also freeze my bags taking out as I need. Lucky for me I have only 4 BOs.
 

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