crumbs left over from pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SparksNV, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    I feed my gals Flockraiser pellets - soon to switch to Layena pellets. With dogs, I know to mix the two different feeds to transition to the new feed. Do I need to do this with chickens?

    The feed is placed in a long rectanglar planter. As they eat the feed, they crumble up the pellets and I am left with a bunch of pellet dust in the bottom of the feeder - seems like alot of waste. What can I do with the dust?

  2. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    We feed the crumbles here and also have a bit of dust collect in the bottom of our feeder. Once a week or so when the feeder is low we dump whats left on an old window screen and sift out the dust,then pour the crumbles back into the feeder. The girls go crazy over the screenings(dust) like it was really good candy! None of it ever goes to waste!

  3. TomG

    TomG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Lake Oswego
    You could mix the dust with a little scratch and water to make mash. They will love it.
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    Like the above post, mix it with water. I won't even add scratch. Just make it a big wet blob of chicken feed, and your girls won't even notice their eating their feed.
  5. dedicateddourly

    dedicateddourly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2008
    Fallbrook, CA
    Someone else on the forum recommended mixing the dust with yogurt to make a mash. I've been doing that and my girls love it!
  6. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2010
    Southern New Jersey
    When I switched to to layer pellets I went 50/50 from grower finisher to layer. It may not be that important but it made me feel better. As you say you do it with your dog so why wouldn't it follow? As far as the dust, I can't be bothered and dump it on the compost heap. The birds jump on the heap and scratch around but I don't think they're after the dust.
  7. SparksNV

    SparksNV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    thanks everyone!
  8. swordgeek

    swordgeek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2010
    Westford, MA
    I just started mixing my grower crumbles and layer pellets. They'll eat anything, apparently.

    As for the dust, I dump it into a little pile for wild birds and chipmunks to snack on. Or when I'm lazy, it just goes into the compost.

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