Pellets or Crumbles?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by AndyL, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. AndyL

    AndyL Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, being very new to everything chicken (except eggs and eatin' [​IMG] ) can you eggsperts tell me the difference between feeding chicks starter pellets and starter crumbles?

    A local feedstore employee told me some folks think that crumbles get wasted and not completely eaten. So, I am just curious.

    The advantages/disadvantages of both or your own personal preferences?

    Thanks for your time!
    Andy.
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Hi Andy!
    When my chickens were young I fed starter/grower crumbles, because I feel they are easier for them to eat. Once the girls were ready for layer feed it was pellets all the way. Much less waste.
    I don't buy the argument that some chickens don't like pellets. Let them get hungry enough and they'll like pellets just fine.
     
  3. Spires6

    Spires6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Gritsar that pellets yield less waste. My personel preference is pellets. My chickens don't seem to mind.
     
  4. needtohatch

    needtohatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just switched our flock to pellets two days ago. Already I can tell there is less waste. There was always a lot of powder in the bottom of the feeder that I would have to dump every few days with the crumbles. I do have the babies on crumbles because I too feel it is easier for them to eat than pellets. The first time I filled the feeders with pellets for our adult birds they acted like they were getting a treat! They loved them! I think it reminded them of the dog's food (which they will steal any time they can). I have read posts from people who said their chickens did not like them, but agree if they are hungry they will eat it.
     

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