Layer feed - pellets vs crumbles?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LuvinMyPeeps, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2008
    Powhatan, VA 23139
    Hi again BYCers - I have yet another question for you.

    I'm patiently waiting for my first eggs from my girls. They look healthy enough, but they don't seem to be enjoying their food much. When I used to give them the grower feed they would scramble to their feeder when I refilled it. Now that I switched to layer feed (they're about 23-24 wks), they just glance away. I got the layer feed at Tractor supply and it's pellets. Is there a smaller 'crumble' (for lack of a better word) for a layer feed that I can buy them? I really want them to enjoy eating.

    Also, I've been feeding them scratch in the mornings as a treat. How much should I be giving them? Is 2 scoops (large dog food scoop size) too much? I dont want them to just eat the scratch, they need their protein.....and I want some eggs!!!!! [​IMG]

  2. rrchickenman

    rrchickenman New Egg

    Nov 4, 2008
    There is a laying crumble some feed stores call it laying mash. As far as what and how much to give I dunno Imnew to this too but I have both pellets and crumble. some of the pellets seem to turn to powder and I mix a little water with it to make it like a paste and mine seem to really like that.
  3. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    Quit feeding scratch.
  4. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2008
    Powhatan, VA 23139
    Quote:No treats, then, or just quit the scratch? isn't the corn in the scratch good for them to keep them warm?
  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    How many birds do you have? Maybe you're giving them too much in the treat department (scratch). Like the person before said, lay off the scratch for a while and when they are hungry they'll eat the food first. then you can probably start giving them scratch in small amounts, and make sure they are eating their main food.
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Sounds like they might be filling up on scratch. I would cut the scratch back to a cup a day and finish up the bag of pellets that you have. Chickens won't starve themselves! It's not in their nature! If they still don't seem crazy about the pellets when the bag is finished, then switch to the layer crumbles and see how they do with those. [​IMG]
  7. LuvinMyPeeps

    LuvinMyPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2008
    Powhatan, VA 23139
    I have 10 girls. Okay, thanks, I'll try that. I guess I've been pampering them too much with all the posts I've read about the treats. [​IMG]
  8. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    It's real easy to over-do the treats and if they are full of "Goodies" they most likely will not be interested in the layer pellets. Thisnk of them as small children who are given the choice of all the Hershey's Kisses they can eat or Peas and Carrots. It's the same scenerio. [​IMG] Treats are fine, but they are just that, treats. Use them in moderation.
  9. klyn

    klyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2014
    I'm going to revive this old thread, as I have a similar question. My gold sexlink was the first to start laying a couple of months ago. She was laying daily for several weeks. Most of my other birds are laying now but Miss Piggy (GSL) hasn't laid for about a week now and for a week before that she only laid every few days. In that time we were able to get a good price on some pellet layer feed (we were using crumbles before). I noticed that Miss Piggy won't eat the pellets. We mixed some crumbles in with the pellets but she pecks around the pellets gold mining for the crumbles. Could the change in diet (and her pickiness) be contributing to her not laying? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

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