pellet vs crumble

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by piccolini, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. piccolini

    piccolini Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    Camino, CA
    I was wondering which type of feed is best. Pellet or crumble? I have heard people say before that the chickens will waste less if you buy the feed in pellet form. Is this true? And also, is crumble more expensive?
    Thanks for the input:D
  2. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    St. Charles, IL
    Our silkie hen always sneezes with the crumbles. She sort of inhales it when she eats. So, we usually buy the pellets. And Purina Layena pellets is our all time favorite, makes the best poops and the prettiest birds.

    Other people have other favorites, I think it depends on what is available where you live.
  3. bluere11e

    bluere11e Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    West Palm Beach
    I have bantams and standards. i find that the standards like pellets better and waste less. the bantams tend to be split 50/50 and if they prefer crumbles, it's kicked around and they won't touch it after it's been all over the ground. serious waste involvd there. I do feed a heavy sorghum/milo (minimal corn) wild bird seed along with it and of course that's always eaten first [​IMG]
  4. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    My chickens don't mind either of them but personally,at least during the winter,I like to use crumbles and mix them with hot water in the morning for them.It kind of turns into an oatmeal-like mush,warms them up, and it also makes it easier for the ducks to eat.
  5. piccolini

    piccolini Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    Camino, CA
    Thanks! I only have standard hens so I guess I'll try pellet for a while and see how the girls like it
  6. armadamork

    armadamork Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 22, 2010
    I started with crumbles and bought pellets by accident once. The chickens didn't care and I had almost no waste with the pellets. From then on out it has been pellets for me.
  7. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I have to agree with less waste on the pellets!
  8. nuts4hotwheels

    nuts4hotwheels Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Texas City, TX
    I started off feeding my girls Purina Flock raiser crumbles and it seemed like it would turn to dust and they wouldn't eat it. Once they began to lay, I switched to Purina Layena pellets and they seemed to like it just as well but it doesn't crumble and get wasted.
  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Waste is an issue with crumbles but some of my feed can only be had in crumbles.......... like chick starter, high pro conditioner and breeder ration. Otherwise pellets work very well and they don't break down into dust after being pecked in the feeders. Folks who feed crumbles for one reason or another have had good results with certain types of specialty feeders that prevent billing out, crumbles can also be more susteptable to storage issues, mold, moisture.

  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    If you really want to know how your chickens feel, put a bowl of each out and see what they eat first!
    I put my crumbles in reproduction chamber pots I get off ebay, and 20 chickens never spill a drop. Had the chamber pots for 3 years now. Cheap and chipped is okay with me too.

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