Pellets vs. Crumbles

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sphinx, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2010
    Which do you use and why?
  2. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I use pellets to reduce waste. I accidentally bought crumbles once and the food was gone just like that.
  3. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    I use a mash because its the only way the feed I give comes in! The cost for the company to purchase the equipment to make pellets is cost prohibitive at this time.
    It it a coarse mash that is locally grown, certified organic and has no soy or corn. If it came in crumbles I'd consider trying it. I need to be sure our pullet, Hyacinth, who has a wicked cross beak can eat it. [​IMG] Her beak is not be able to pick up or shovel pellets into her mouth well at all as her top and bottom beak do not meet.

    I always mix it with water (sometimes I add a little yogurt or organic baby food sweet potatoes too) for the morning feeding which allows Hyacinth to get a big full crop. She can eat enough of the dry later on to keep it full for the night. They always have dry available but they LOVE it in warm in the winter and cool in the summer. [​IMG]

    With this feeding regimen our Hyacinth is now the biggest girl (a BLRW) and the top of the pecking order--she gets all she wants first so she is fat and happy! [​IMG]
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Pellets all the way, waste is not a problem then. I can only get crumbles in my breeder and Conditioneer ration though.

  5. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2010
    St. Louis
    I use crumbles because that is what I started with when they were babies.

    I read on here that pellets have less waste and I thought they were talking about poo.
    My feed store set me straight on that one. Doesnt hurt to dream...
  6. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    I am just switching from crumble to pellets. I found way too much waste with the crumble.
  7. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

    Mar 4, 2009
    Broodyland, TN
    My Coop
    I use pellets for all adults. Crumbles for all babies......any chick or chicken in isolation gets crumbles and scratch mixed. I did have a pullet who starved to death because she didn't comprehend pullets. Never had THAT happen before. By the time I realized, it was too late. Silkie mix, what can I say.....Everyone else, even small bantams (d'uccles) do fine on pellets.
  8. Campngolf

    Campngolf Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2010
    Nor Cal
    Another pellet user here. Less waste and I think mash or crumbles wouldn't flow in my pvc feeder as well.
  9. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    I use crumbles, the chickens seem to enjoy them better ... or maybe it's just me [​IMG]
  10. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    Bellefontaine, OH
    I agree with the pro-pellet faction. I've found a significant decrease in wasted feed. Mash was the absolute worst in terms of waste (for me, anyway).

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