Crumbles vs. Pellets

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

  1. sadieH5836

    sadieH5836 Out Of The Brooder

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    I switched my girls from pellets to crumbles. I have 3 girls that were debeaked and I worried that they couldn't pick up the pellets as well as the crumbles. They are a bunch of oinkers no matter what I feed them.
    they get scratch and fresh veggies every day on top of the feed.
     
  2. miss jay's mama

    miss jay's mama Out Of The Brooder

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    I switched from crumbles to pellets, the chickens were not happy.[​IMG] Sure they ate it but they also made a mess with the pellets:confused: I think my chickens are a little "different" pellets are supposed to be less messy. Well I switched them back to crumbles and no more mess:clap And the chickies are thrilled:ya So I guess it depends on what works for you and your flock.

    By the way my chickies do not like lettuce either and from what I've read most LOVE it--go figure
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    In my 46 years of life and after owning many many animals I have yet to see an animal starve themselves to death if appropriate feed is available. They will eat pellets if pellets is what's available to them. The only exception being de-beaked hens.
     
  4. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    miss jay's mama :

    I switched from crumbles to pellets, the chickens were not happy.[​IMG] Sure they ate it but they also made a mess with the pellets:confused: I think my chickens are a little "different" pellets are supposed to be less messy. Well I switched them back to crumbles and no more mess:clap And the chickies are thrilled:ya So I guess it depends on what works for you and your flock.

    By the way my chickies do not like lettuce either and from what I've read most LOVE it--go figure

    That is the same problem I had. my chickens said [​IMG] They kick out the pellets all over the place and are wasting a lot. I put a little corn in there since it is cold and that is the first thing to go. They wait untill very last thing to eat the pellets. I guess I'll buy crumbles again. I bought the pellets because I heard there is supposed to be less waste, but I find a big circle spilled out of the bowl every time I feed them. [​IMG]
     
  5. jloftin60

    jloftin60 Out Of The Brooder

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    I offer both crumbles and pellets 24/7 and my chickens eat more crumbles
    two to one. I have found to make sure your feeder has a lip on it so they
    can't fling or flick out their food. Never mix scratch or grain in with your
    feed or they will waste the feed to get to the grain. Grain is like candy
    to a child, they perfer it, but it's not good for them. Some grain as a treat
    now and then is ok but not good as a main diet.
     
  6. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I'm another one who tried pellets (accidentally) and went back to crumbles. They scattered the pellets all over the place, I don't think they liked them at all. Switched back to crumbles and I have virtually no waste.
     
  7. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm a 'pellet feeder'. We start chicks on starter/grower crumblers, but I try to switch them over to pelleted feed by 12-14 weeks old - like others, it's less watse on pellets.

    Recently I switched a group of 13 week olds to pellets - they immediately starting scarffing them down...LOL, as if we'd been starving them up to now.
     
  8. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Mine hate pellets. Wish I could get them to eat them.
     
  9. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds are pen raised. I started out feeding them pellets but they seemed to waste a lot of it under their coops.

    I stuck a tray under the coop where the feeder was and collected what was knocked out for two weeks ... then I switched to crumble and for two weeks collected what they knocked out. For me more pellets were knocked out and wasted than the crumble.

    I calculated the wasted pellets over a year compared to the crumble. For the amount of birds I have, I am saving $211.87 a year by switching to crumble. But remember this is how it works for me, it may not be that way for anyone else.

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  10. Skip

    Skip Chillin' With My Peeps

    I do pellets. My birds find them easier to eat, and to entertain them, I spread them around the coop for them to peck.
     

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