pellets or crumbles?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken parm, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. chicken parm

    chicken parm In the Brooder

    Nov 19, 2008
    which is better pellets or crumbles? I'm feeding crumbles to the girls now, they are 6 months old. if pellets will they need grit too?
  2. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    They want need grit unless they are in a coop all day.
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    I have found that pellets are more economical. They don't waste as much. While I don't think that you would have to use grit I think that it is always a good idea to provide it for them anyway. In the wild they would be picking up small stones so I feel the closer to natural the better they would be.
  4. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    ya your birds will ALWAYS need grit of some kind,,, mine live in the sand,, so them getting grit isnt a problem here lol
    but like opa said,, pellets will usually last longer,, some times if their not use to pellets,, they wont eat worth a heck for 3 or 4 days,, but they get hungry nuff and will eat it hehe [​IMG]
  5. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    North Kohala, Hawaii
    Are crumbles supposed to turn to dust? Iʻd buy pellets if anyone out here carried them, but the crumbles seem to disintegrate within 48 hours. At that point, the chicks ignore them and Iʻm topping off the feed with fresh crumbles. Could it be Hawaiiʻs humidity?
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm 10 Years

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Possibly the humidity. How do you store your feed? I live in Florida. I use crumbles. I tried pellets but they didn't seem to eat them as well. I assumed it was because they were used to crumbles. I keep their feeder to just above their back. I have had no problem with wasted feed. Also I don't have the feeder set at the higher level for the feed dispensing. I made a lid for my feeder. I keep my feed in 5 gal buckets with lids. I have no problems with their feed. It stays nice.

  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Mine were on crumbles until they started laying at 19 weeks and I switched them to layer pellets without any trouble. They made have eaten less for a few days, but as the1much said when they get hungry enough they'll eat.
    I love the pellets! Much less waste and I don't have crumble dust in the bottom of my feeder that has to be cleaned out routinely to keep it from blocking the flow of feed.

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