Pellets vs. crumbles

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by poecilia, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. poecilia

    poecilia Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 12, 2013
    Hi all,
    Our local milling company sells all mash egg pellets and crumbles. Both crumbles and pellets have the same ingredients. What are the advantages and disadvantages of crumbles and pellets? Which would you use and why?
    Greetings, MT
  2. kevinquail

    kevinquail New Egg

    Jul 20, 2013
    clio mi
    Pellet seems to me less waste and more for your money
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I usually use pellets for adult standard birds because they seem to waste a lot less than with mash / crumbles.
    Cost wise, pellets are more per pound, but I think the less waste more than makes up for it.
    I do use crumbles for chicks and bantams that are too small to eat pellets easily.
    Mash is actually the cheapest thing here, and I will feed it if I have time to wet it and feed it 1 or 2 x daily (it is more labor intensive to feed than just putting a couple of days food in a feeder).
    My birds pretty much free range so I don't need to worry about boredom, somewhere on the internet there are studies that penned birds fed crumbles have less problem with feather plucking etc, mostly because they have to spend more time eating mash/crumbles than pellets.
  4. junecleavage

    junecleavage Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 30, 2013
    south carolina
    While they are still on starter I use crumble, but as soon as they go to layer rations I switch to pellets. It is for the same reason as Kelsie2290. Pellets have a lot less waste. Crumble gets all over the floor and if it gets wet it cakes to the floor. They don't seem to like it as much, but they have all day to forage for fun food.
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Layer crumbles and layer pellets made by the same company are the same feed. Crumbles are just pellets that have been put through a roller to crack them. Crumbles can have a lot of fines (mash) and some chickens will only clean up the bottom of the feeder when they are starving. Mine will eat more crumbles than pellets and don't waste anymore. How much they waste is going to depend upon what type of feeder you use. Can they throw the feed out looking for the juicy treats or are the sides high enough that they can't bill the food out and waste it. You can also put a pan under the feeder to catch the feed that is tossed out.
  6. mpgo4th

    mpgo4th Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2013
    Mine used to waste crumbles but when I built the new coop I put a hanger under it for the feeder. I hang it pretty high but they can still reach it easy. They don't waste any food at all now. The ground under the feeder is always clean. I think having it on the ground is why birds waste so much.
  7. Rich386

    Rich386 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2011
    Live Oak, FL
    I simply get less waste with pellets.
  8. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2013
    Northern Cali
    I've noticed my hens prefer the crumbles to pellets. I feed with a pvc feeder which makes it harder to waste the food. Although if I see pellets for a better deal I buy them and just crush them up. win/win
  9. junecleavage

    junecleavage Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 30, 2013
    south carolina

    You know I never really thought about it, but it is probably the feeder more than the food. When mine are chicks I usually just have a pan of crumble out for them, which of course they climb in an scratch around ... When I switch to pellets is about the same time I switch to the hanging feeder.
  10. JAMIEZ71

    JAMIEZ71 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 26, 2013
    I can tell I get a lot less waste with pellets.

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