layer pellets vs. layer crumbles

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickenman17, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. chickenman17

    chickenman17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do the crumbles look like anyway?
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    I've found that my chickens all prefer crumbles. I think it's because they love to eat, and crumbles makes the joy last longer.

    Seriously, I've also read that chickens fed crumbles tend to be a more contented and mellow flock.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:They look like Grapenuts breakfast cereal, if you've ever had it.
     
  4. chickenman17

    chickenman17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They look like Grapenuts breakfast cereal, if you've ever had it.

    Yeah i've had Grapenuts. They are pretty good! lol
     
  5. ChickenMammy

    ChickenMammy Out Of The Brooder

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    I switched to crumble because I actually had a hen choke on the pellets. I was told by a breeder to always use crumble, it is easier for them to digest. [​IMG]
     
  6. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just switched mine from crumble to pellets and it took a day for them to figure it out. I also switched from a dog feeder bowl to the hanging feeder, so it was a double whammy for them. But once I shows the girls what it was, and our roo gave his seal of approval, all was fine. I also notice less waste.
     
  7. fc

    fc Out Of The Brooder

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    Price seems the same at TSC for crumbles or pellets. I go pellets because I hated the waste of crumbles. The birds scatter it all over.
     
  8. chickened

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  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:There is less processing time in crumble than in pellet.

    Chris

    Really? Because sometimes I notice in the crumbles there are a few whole pellets left - I always just guessed that they made the pellets, then ground them for the crumbles...huh...the feed store I use sells them at the same price though...maybe they do it different at the feed place I use?

    I'm sorry I should have explained that a little better.
    The least expensive form of feed is a mash type feed, all ingredients are simply ground together and then bagged.
    The second form of feed and more expensive than mash but less expensive than pelleted feed is crumble feed, crumbles are the crumbled form of a non-graded pellet.
    Third form of feed and most expensive is pelleted feed starts out as a mass but then run through a extruder that makes the mash into a pellet and only whole pellets are bagged.

    The extra processing time that is in pelleted feed would be the "grading".

    the feed store I use sells them at the same price though...maybe they do it different at the feed place I use?

    Or babe the feed store that you use is just over pricing there crumble feed. (trying to make more money)

    Chris​
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2011
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:This should help.
    Form left to right, Mash - Crumbs - Pelleted

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    Chris
     

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