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Crumbles vs. Pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenlips1954, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. chickenlips1954

    chickenlips1954 Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    I've fed my girls crumbles for a couple of years, but it seems like they waste so much of it. Would it be better to switch to pellets and if I do would they adjust to eating their food in a larger form?

  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I switched mine over abruptly, when I realized how much they were wasting- no problems at all.

    Another helpful hint- get the feeder raised up a few inches, that way they can't scratch it out all over the place!

    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
  3. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    I prefer to feed pellets for that reason. They seem to go through it (crumble)so much faster. I have found its just that they make a bigger mess of it and so much gets wasted. There are times when our feed store is out of pellets and theyy have to eat the crumble. They don't seem to have any trouble adjusting to the size.

    Edited because I am so tired it doesnt even make sense to me!!
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    Mine adjusted quickly. They will eat anything if they get hungry enough. I just switched cold turkey and they were all fine. They waste A LOT less too!
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I switched mine to pellets and they ended up going to the neighbors yard [​IMG] . They were digging up next door so I had to switch back to crumbles [​IMG]
  6. william9792

    william9792 Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    you can also use gutters like on a house, (in two foot section) close both ends and get the one with a lip for a feeder and that will cut down on waste. i did that and mounted it a foot high on the wall and it makes feed last 2x as long an they still eat all the time
  7. chickenlips1954

    chickenlips1954 Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Thank you so much for your help. Tomorrow I'm off to get pellets now instead of crumbles. The feeders are off the ground, hanging from chains at their back levels, so I'd thought that would have prevented wasting their food, but they thought differently! Lets see if this spoils their little game :) and saves me money!

  8. minna

    minna Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Burnsville, MS
    A friend of mine showed me who he does it. He hangs the feeder about 4 inches off the ground and then puts something like a garbage can lid upside down, underneath it. It catches what they drop or scratch out. I'm sure a lot still gets wasted, but not as much.
  9. wings

    wings Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    If you have trouble with chicken bordem, crumble is better because it takes longer to eat. I use it, and whatever falls on the ground I fluff up with a shovel, and they are entertained by scratching in it.
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Same here.

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