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how to switch from starter crumble to layer pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Flippacase, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. Flippacase

    Flippacase Songster

    Nov 6, 2009
    My pullets are nearing the age of egg producing, that being said, it is time to switch from medicated starter to layer pellets. However, my pullets dont like it. I tried to mix the food types but they seem to sift through to only get the crumble. any ideas on how to get them to eat the pellets?

  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I haven't made the switch yet so take this for what its worth but....when they get hungry enough they'll eat it (I use the same philosophy on dogs and cats, if I buy a brand of food they don't care for [​IMG] )
  3. That will work or if you're a worry-wort like me, moisten it a bit and offer in a livestock bowl...[​IMG]
  4. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Or you can crush/grind it so it blends in better.
  5. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    In my area, you can buy layer crumble -- which is more like the starter. Another way to transition from starter to pellets is to mix some in to their feed each day. Chicken psychology is to grab the biggest piece of food first, (a strategy to get the most food if a predator were to chase them away from their feed) so they should grab pellets by preference and after a few days you can gradually transition them to straight pellets. That's the way I did it.
  6. OhioEggs

    OhioEggs In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2009
    Springfield, OH
    I agree. Use layer crumble until they get used to it. [​IMG]
  7. Barred Rockstar

    Barred Rockstar In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2009
    Humboldt County, CA
    My pullets had no problem switching to pellets.

  8. felidaet

    felidaet Songster

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.
    I found a trick last year to convert easily from starter crumbles to layer pellets. I sprinkled some layer pellets in the run like a treat. The chicks loved it. After the second or third day I filled the feeder with pellets. They ate them fine.

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