Pellet VS Crumble

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by m_herrington, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 40, 6-7 week old pullets.

    I have been getting chic starter grower in what I guess is a crumble. Last time I went to the feed store what they gave me was chic starter grower pellet 21%.

    What is the difference? Should they still be eating the crumble?

    Do you feed crumble until they are laying age? Then switch to a layer ration? Or is there a middle step?

    Thank You.
     
  2. Sparks

    Sparks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need grower food until they are of laying age. Approx. 17 weeks. We used to feed crumbles but switched to pellets and have much less waste. Ours are laying now. We can only find the pellets at one store though. Most places do not even know they exist. Hope that helps![​IMG]
     
  3. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IS this grower pellets, I just want to be sure. Thanks,
     
  4. Sparks

    Sparks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chick starter . I probably mis-spoke.
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I've never seen a starter/grower pellet. That doesn't mean that it isn't out there, I've just never seen it. You might want to double check that. If it is truly a starter/grower, then I think it would be fine to use for that age. I plan on switching my chicks over to laying pellets from the crumbles once they start laying because I've hear that using the pellets there is less waste.
     
  6. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    I love the pellets and will never go back to crumbles. MUCH less waste.
     
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Are you folks having any trouble with packing, due to humidity, in your continuous feeders? If so, how do you prevent it or circumvent it?
     
  8. m_herrington

    m_herrington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The label says:

    1044PL Kalmbach Duck, Goose, Chick & Gamebird Starter Grower Pel

    a non-medicated complete feed formulated for starting and growing ducks, geese, chickens, and gamebirds

    I mostly have Golden Comets that are supposed to start laying as early as 15 weeks.

    Should I wait to feed the layer pellets until they actually start laying...

    OR start them on the layer at 14-15 weeks?
     

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