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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sphinx, Dec 19, 2010.
Which do you use and why?
I use pellets to reduce waste. I accidentally bought crumbles once and the food was gone just like that.
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. 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.
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!
Pellets all the way, waste is not a problem then. I can only get crumbles in my breeder and Conditioneer ration though.
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...
I am just switching from crumble to pellets. I found way too much waste with the crumble.
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.
Another pellet user here. Less waste and I think mash or crumbles wouldn't flow in my pvc feeder as well.
I use crumbles, the chickens seem to enjoy them better ... or maybe it's just me
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).