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Layer Mash Vs. Pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Laurajean, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    What's the difference between mash and pellets, besides the obvious form they come in? Why would one be better than the other or is it just the chickens' preference? I have bantams and I've only given them mash. Today at the feed store they rang up pellets by mistake. I had them switch it to mash, but as I left I wondered why people might use pellets. Input?
  2. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    I have found that my chickens make a mess with their food. So I use pellets because it's less mess & less waisted food.
  3. catterbug

    catterbug Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    It is so funny that you posted this question today. I was going to post the same thing because I just bought feed. I asked at the store and they said that some people say the pellets make less of a mess and waste less feed. I have always used mash so next time I may try the pellets.
  4. can you hear me now?

    can you hear me now? Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    I always use the pellets. Never tried mash but have used crumbled and found them to waste less pellets than crumbles.
  5. popcornpuppy

    popcornpuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 19, 2009
    Holland, Massachusetts
    I just wanted to add that they are the same food when nutritionally speaking. They are just different forms of the same food.
  6. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    I started with crumbles & thought they were wasting too much of it, so I bought pellets and found that they waste MORE of that! Switching back to crumble when this bag runs out.
  7. sticks22

    sticks22 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2008
    Grove, oklahoma
    try adding alittle water to the pellets to soften them up. Your chickens may to small and they may be picking through them to find the smaller pieces. try watchin them to see what size of food they are searchin for, they may also be looking for more of the corn also.
  8. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    There is better uniformity in pellets and crumbles and they are easily digested by the birds. More energy can be used by the birds and it may improve feed conversion ratios.

    With mash, there can be problems with selective feeding. Dominant hens can eat the larger particles leaving the smaller particles and minerals for the smaller birds.

    Pellets are usually more expensive though, so any perceived advantages have to be weighed against the expense.
  9. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Quote:All of my chickens are standard sized br, bo & rir--all adults with the exception of the 3 rirs. The feeder I made for them wont accommodate adding water & having it still be functional, but I can probably take a different pan an try some with water in it. Thanks for the idea; I still have a little less than 25 lbs or so!
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've used mash, crumbles and pellets. For the hens, pellets are the way to go.

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