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How to to turn pellets into crumbles?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Arielle, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Does anyone crumble their pellets??? I know this is what the commercial feed companies do to make the crumbles; I just would like to know how to change the pellets to crumbles and see if my birds will eat it more. Thanks.
     
  2. BlueEggs4Life

    BlueEggs4Life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't, but maybe a blender/food processor? Can't do a ton at a time this way so it may take awhile depending on the amount of feed you have to "crumble." Is there crumble you can purchase and mix in with the pellets? Where I am there is no price dif between pellets and crumble.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I know this is what the commercial feed companies do to make the crumbles

    They don't "make" crumbles.

    They are broken pieces of pellets that are screened out during the manufacturing process

    "Mash" is the dust like particles that fall through even finer screens​
     
  4. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:They don't "make" crumbles.

    They are broken pieces of pellets that are screened out during the manufacturing process

    "Mash" is the dust like particles that fall through even finer screens

    ?
     
  5. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes ... a blender, food processor, or grinder would work just fine. It's easy to get it too fine though so go slow.
     
  6. Billyj

    Billyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad to hear that they can be put into a food processor. I have about 75lbs of pellets, and my hens all want to eat the crumbles I have for the little chicks.
     
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:Mash is milled grains in the un-pelletized form. This photo shows mash on the left. It is a complete ration of milled grains, vitamins, and minerals, but not pelletized. That's all we feed here.

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  8. ChickenAl

    ChickenAl Diagnosis...Chicken-Headed

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    Quote:Mash is milled grains in the un-pelletized form. This photo shows mash on the left. It is a complete ration of milled grains, vitamins, and minerals, but not pelletized. That's all we feed here.

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OjExqXO8no0/TG7DsSkjN3I/AAAAAAAAALQ/ztYnARfgN5k/s320/100_44781.jpg

    Mac, this may be a question you've answered before, but why do you feed mash instead of pellets or crumbles?

    BTW, we feed a lightly milled type of organic mash. No particular reason other than our girls just don't like pellets.
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Mash is milled grains in the un-pelletized form

    That's what I said too.

    Only the form is different

    When they make pellets, (milled grain extruded with a binder) some get broken, and some get powdered.

    It's all basically just grain​
     
  10. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might be able to use a small grain mill if you have access to one. We prefer the pellets because they aren't as messy, and the girls don't seem to mind.
     

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