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Pellets or Crumbles?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Up-the-Creek, May 6, 2011.

  1. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    I buy my feed at Southern States and I have been feeding their medicated chick starter for about two months,..I want to change over to their grower/finisher because the chick starter is so fine that a lot gets wasted. The issue is that the grower/finisher is in pellet form only and I was wondering if my bantams can eat the pellets or not? This is the first bantams I have raised so I am not sure whether they can eat them or not safely. Anyone else feed pellets to their bantams???
     
  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine eat pellets, no problem.
     
  3. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Thank you JNKC!
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Just remember to keep them on the medicated feed once they are outside (no longer in a brooder) for at least two weeks, if not 3 or 4 weeks. The medication, Amprolium, does no good at all in helping them build resistance to the cocci protozoa in the ground if they are never exposed to it.

    Trust me - I lost 10 birds really quickly, within 3 days, when I changed a batch of chicks over to regular grower/finisher when they were still in their ginormous brooder. Their grow-out coops wasn't ready yet, but I changed them over at 8 weeks. They were in the brooder another 3 weeks before I put them out into their grow out coop...

    Just sayin' I wouldn't like what happened to my flock happen to your babies!
     
  5. Up-the-Creek

    Up-the-Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2008
    West Virginia
    Thanks for the advice! The babies I am talking about are over two months old and has been out of the brooder for quite awhile. I just wasn't sure if bantams could handle a pellet,..but apparently they can because I bought a bag today and they are eating the pellets just fine. I keep all my chicks on medicated feed at least until they are two months old,...then I find the grower/finisher to just do more for them,...especially less waste since the medicated chick starter is so finely ground. [​IMG]
     

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