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Pellet or Crumble?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Monstertone, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Monstertone

    Monstertone Out Of The Brooder

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    Which do you feed your chickens (pellets or crumble) and why? I've had them both and don't understand why there's two different types of feed...

    -Tom
     
  2. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    Mine hate the pellets, so I stick to the crumble. Some feel there's more waste with the crumble, I figure if they won't eat it, that's even more wasteful! [​IMG]
     
  3. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    Crumbles are just pellets mashed up. Mine prefer the crumble? I mix it with some scratch and they go to town! They used to eat pellets but started to snub them. I have no clue why!
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Mine have been on pellets since they started getting layer feed and I have no plans to change that.
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    We use pellets. Started with crumbles but there was too much waste.
     
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Mine love the crumbles and I have to say I have no waste. I have one of those round plastic gravity feeders with the sections as well as a lip around the inside to help keep them from scratching and billing it out. I have watched them eat and they just gobble it up, no digging or billing through it and I never find any on the floor. They love it!
     
  7. OrpingtonManor

    OrpingtonManor Building the Castle

    Nov 15, 2008
    Martinez, CA
    Both feeds are fine as long as your birds eat it. If you want to switch to pellets, do it when they first start laying, not later. I just had this discussion with my vet yesterday.

    I tried to switch to crumbles early last summer, when my birds were a year old. They wouldn't eat them, plain and simple. They starved themselves, lost huge amounts of weight, and stopped producing eggs. Eventually, one of the birds ended up with egg yolk peritonitis from being egg-bound with a shell-less egg. She is now fighting for her life, and probably won't win the battle.

    The vet said, birds are entirely visual about what they eat. it's not about the taste or smell. If they haven't identified something as food when they are young and learning, they will not eat it. So mine didn't see pellets as food, and starved themselves. You can't just wait it out. They really will die of starvation if they don't see food. Luckily for me, I switched back to crumbles in mid-July, and all but one bird gained weight, and is back to laying just fine.
     
  8. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    [​IMG] I use both.
    Pellets are great for the Large Chicken Feeders 3lb or 11 lb, I have never seen the feeder clogged with the pellets.
    My chickens don't seem to bill out the pellets as much as I see them tossing crumbles out to find something better.
    The Crumbles don't always move down correctly, they seem to Draw moisture from the air and clog up the large feeders.

    However I keep them on hand for morning mash and for emergencies. I also have a bag of medicated chick starter for emergency stored in a 5 gal bucket in my cold shed.[​IMG]
     
  9. Monstertone

    Monstertone Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the great info!
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:That is so true. When I offer my year and half old birds a new treat, chances are they turn their beaks up at it. I can sometimes encourage my two most trusting hens to try something new, but that's about it. If I can get my rooster to try it, the hens will watch him and only eat it after he "tells" them it's okay.
     

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