Pellets or Crumble question

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by JLeigh, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I first got guineas, I was told (and I read somewhere) that chicken layer crumble is best to feed them (as adults, not keets). So I've always fed crumble and never questioned it. Can adult guineas eat pellets? If not, is there a reason why? I would like to to feed my chickens pellets (I'm wasting tons of crumble), and feeding my guineas and chickens the same thing would make life easier.

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  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, layer pellets are fine for Guineas (my piggy free rangers will even choke down huge pieces of dry dog food kibble, lol)... it may take the birds a while to accept the new food tho, so mix some in gradually. If they are super finicky then they may need to go a little hungry for a day or so if they are only eating the crumbles and leaving all the pellets, in order to actually get them to eat the pellets. Not all birds will accept pellets tho, and sometimes that won't work. I agree, there is lots of waste with crumbled feeds.
     
  3. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Peeps! It will be easy to get the keets over on pellets when they're old enough - they won't know better. The chickens will hold out I'm sure, but they'll come around. They're like kids - if they get hungry enough, they'll eat vegetables :). I'm just glad to know I've been wrong all this time.
     
  4. BCL1766

    BCL1766 New Egg

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    Mine started on crumbles and now I have started to mix pellets in with their food very slowly. They resisted at first but now they seem to know that they can eat it. I did it for the same reasons you want to. ALOT of wasted crumbles. I found that if you keep the feeder hung high enough so they can just get there head over the rim there is allot less spillage. Mine are 12 1/2 weeks old.

    Brett
     
  5. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't even question the info I was given. LOTS of food dust later......Thanks Brett.
     
  6. karensc

    karensc Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to this forum and happy to be here. My birds did not like the pellets so I had to go back to crumbles again. Question for PeepsCA: are you the former PeepsCA from the GFBA?? If you are, I did notice you have not posted in a long time. I am barney16 from that board.
     
  7. leonphelps

    leonphelps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine refuse to eat pellets. they will tear up the earth before they eat pellets.
     
  8. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i started feeding mine pellets at about 8 weeks old. after they got over freaking out over the strange looking coffee can i put it in they love it. i think they are eating better because instead of knocking it on the floor and not touching it ( ever again ) they gobble it down before it goes to waste on the floor.
     
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    I fed my previous guineas crumble, because they were older & were used to them. Got some Game Bird pellets for my 6 new ones & even my 2 older males are eating them. It is still mixed with starter feed, but the bowl of pellets I put in the run during the day, get eaten first.
     
  10. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Karen. [​IMG] Yah, I'm the same Peeps that used to post over there.
     

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