Pellets vs Crumbles?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ksct, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. ksct

    ksct Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    upstate, NY
    So, I Just Bought Another Bag Of Layer Feed. (holy Crap They're Eating About A Bag Every 1-2 Weeks)
    Anyway.... Can You Tell Me What The Difference (besides The Obvious) Is Between The Pellets Or Crumbles? I Haven't Purchased Pellets Yet... I Was Thinking That Crumbles Were Better For Their 'poor' Digestive Tracts. They Have Plenty Of Grit (via All The Sand We Put In The Run That They Eat) But Should They Have The Pellets? Would That Make Them Eat Less? I Think I'm Confused On That Part...... Thanks!!!
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009
  2. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:there is no diffrence, but I hate pellets, my chicken will not eat it.
  3. cnj-tx50

    cnj-tx50 Songster

    Jun 19, 2009
    North of Dallas, TX
    Mine won't eat the pellets either. I did hang my feeder and that seemed to have stopped some of the waste as they can't scratch it out
  4. Ol'FashionHen

    Ol'FashionHen Songster

    Oct 24, 2008
    The South
    In my experience the mash gets wasted, even with a hanging feeder my chooks would rub their beaks all in it and cause the mash to spill out. I switched to pellets and I have barely any waste and my chooks eat the pellets just fine, I figured some of the bugs they eat are bigger than the pellets. [​IMG] they eat the pellets right down.
    Now I use a PVC feeder and they have to stick their heads in the opening to get feed, so if I were to switch to mash they could not spill it out, I just prefer the pellets. GOOD LUCK.
  5. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Songster

    Sep 19, 2008
    I prefer pellets to crumbles, simply because the waste is less. The pellets are larger so if they do have spillage it's much easier for the chickens to see and eat then the crumbles! justmy2cents!
  6. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    I have decided I like the pellets. My chickens do not like them. So they only eat them if they are hungry and don't make such gluttons of themselves.
    I figure if they are hungry, they'll eat them. And they are bigger and can be found on the floor easier than crumbles. The crumbles are just floor dust.
  7. fasbendera

    fasbendera Songster

    Jan 30, 2009
    I have to agree the crumbles get wasted. I have a hanging feeder at back height and Pellets last almost twice as long as crumbles because there isn't as much waste. There are a few rumors about picking and other behavior but I am on year two in a closed coop through the winter and no pecking or behavior issues and egg laying is the same.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2009
  8. ksct

    ksct Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    upstate, NY
    sooooo.... what you're telling me is i'm going to have to get pellets and try myself? lol

    this is a picture of our homemade feeder.....

    we do get some waste if they're being greedy but mostly it's pretty ok..... (the stuff on the floor in the pic is because DH filled it VERY full...)
    Does anyone know if the chickens eat 'less' with the pellets because the pieces are larger? i don't know if mine would really like the pellets....
  9. sillybirds

    sillybirds Songster

    Aug 5, 2008
    With your feeder, I would go with pellets. It looks like it would be pretty easy for them to beak out food from it.

    I have used both pellets and crumbles. My birds seem to prefer crumbles, and I don't get any waste with my feeder. I am, however, going to switch back to pellets, because I can get pellets a couple dollars cheaper per 50 lb. bag than crumbles.
  10. pringle

    pringle Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Your chickens will eat pellets in time,they will get hungry and eat em.I perfer to feed crumbles to my ducks becouse they can more easily digest them.

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