Mash or pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by red star11, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. red star11

    red star11 Out Of The Brooder

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    :lol:Which is better for egg laying chickens and is there a benefit?
     
  2. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    pellets as they get 100% of what they need in every bite. Plus there is some digestability advantages to pellets over mash.
     
  3. kycowgirlchick

    kycowgirlchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have wondered the same thing. I usually get crumble. The mash seems like it gets waisted easier due to being a powder. And I worry the pellets are harder for them to eat. Sometimes they are rather big pellets. But I have no facts on this.
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    crumbles are just pellets that have been broken up, My opinion is that the larger pieces get wasted less. A chicken doenst need to be able to chew the piece, just able to swallow it. Mash often can seperate and your chickens will not get all the nutrients at one time, but I would suspect that in the end the chickens would get enough of what it needs, chickens have been fed mash for years, and they are still around.

    So advantage to crumbles or pellets is they get nutrition in every bite, and there is less waste.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Pellets work best for me.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Pellets here too. I've read many posts where people say they've had to go back to mash or crumbles because their chickens didn't "like" the pellets. An animal won't starve itself if appropriate feed is available to them. By appropriate I mean unspoiled and of the correct type for the animal.
     
  7. RooptyDoo

    RooptyDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens dont like the layer pellets as much. I get them mash and I dont seem have any problem with them wasting it.
     
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  8. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    It makes no diference.
     
  9. blueseal

    blueseal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use layer mash they clean it right up.i buy 100 pounds and it last about 2 months.for 15 birds i keep 2 feeders full all the time .
     
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I used grower mash until they started laying then I switched to layer pellets. Noticeably less wasted.
     
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