Pellets, crumble or mash? Please weigh in!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ThinkingChickens, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    I know that each chicken owner feeds their flock a bit differently and I was hoping you might weigh in on whether you feed pellets, crumble or mash and why? I don't want to start a debate, but though I might glean some wisdom. Recently a local chicken farmer (who loves his girls as much as I love mine) was telling me what he feeds and I thought I'd love to hear what the group has to say.

    Also, as a side note, what things other than layer feed do you feed your girls and how often and how much?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I love to feed seeds and grains (see my BYC page) but also buy organic chick starter crumbles for up to age 8 weeks and organic layer pellets for treats on occasion.

    I like the pellets because I can toss out a cupful to the girls and they will find/eat every one of them. Crumbles are good for chicks.
  3. Momto3

    Momto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    Northern Idaho
    I feed my chickens layer pellets, much much less waste then with anything else. I feel.
  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    My daily feed for my adults consist of Lay pellets, corn, and floating catfish food. Greens, seeds, treats, etc. are feed at different levels at different times of the year or from what is on hand. Lay pellets are less messy and easier for me. I like to free range when conditions and predators allow. When I free range the chickens get most of what they need and in turn eat less feed.
  5. Sooner

    Sooner My kids Mom!

    Mar 22, 2009

  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Mine free range and forage, get kitchen scraps through access to my compost pile, and get excess stuff from the garden. I don't tighrly control what they eat since they forage.

    When I have nothing but adults in the flock, they get Layer pellets. I find they will eat more of what they spill if it is in pellet form.

    When I have underaged chickens in the flock and I don't want them to have access to the higher calcium Layer, the entire flock gets either 20% Starter/Grower combination, 16% Grower, or 20% Flock Raiser crumbles with oyster shell offered on the side. My preference is the 16% Grower but a lot of times that is not available at the store. If I had a choice, I'd get pellets for these also but pellets are not available at my store except for Layer. If I had a broody with chicks under a month old, I would feed crumbles, but otherwise pellets if it were available.

    Chicks in a brooder get Starter the first 4 to 6 weeks, depending on when the bag runs out. Chicks being raised by a broody hen wind up foraging for most of their food anyway so I figure Grower is a good enough supplement.
  7. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    My layers get scraps and layer pellets. Way too much waste with crumbles and mash. I also toss a couple of handfuls of scratch to them everyday so that I will remain popular.
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I feed crumbles because my birds seem to prefer it over pellets.
  9. naturalfeddogs

    naturalfeddogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2011
    I feed crumbles. Whatever falls on the ground, they peck up like scratch feed.
  10. carladababe

    carladababe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Dixon, Missouri
    I feed my girls who are almost a year old Purina Layena Crumbles. I started them on crumbles from day one, they like it so why fix something not broke. I don't see alot of waste but if pellets are the same food, saving money by not wasting is a good thing.[​IMG]

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