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layer pellets or layer crumble

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by mrmolases2, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. mrmolases2

    mrmolases2 In the Brooder

    Mar 26, 2017
    should i feed layer pellets or layer crumble or should i change in winter and what the big diffence

  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    I prefer pellets because there is less mess. If you are going to ferment the feed then you can do either and just go with whatever is cheaper.
  3. rebrascora

    rebrascora Crowing

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    I agree, there is much less waste with pellets if you are feeding dry, but either works fine if you are fermenting.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Nutritionally here is no difference. The way they make them they first grind up all of the ingredients and call that mash. If they want pellets they add water and mix that to make a paste, then extrude that through a dye where they are flash dried. To make crumble they slightly crush the pellets. So nutritionally they are exactly the same, it’s just the form that is different.

    The main reason for the different forms in Layer is that different automatic feeding equipment is made to handle specific forms of the feed. Since you probably don’t use automatic equipment to feed your chickens that probably doesn’t matter to you. I agree with the others, you usually get less waste with the pellets.

    Another reason for different forms is that baby chicks can’t handle the pellets and need feed in smaller pieces, but since you are talking about Layer, baby chicks shouldn’t be eating it anyway.

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