Transition from crumble to pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dogdollar, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. dogdollar

    dogdollar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds had crumble everywhere and it was creating a huge mess and attracting insects, so I switched to pellets (same food).
    They don't appear to be eating the pellets as heartily....to the point I worry they might not be getting enough to eat at all right now. Should I just give it more time or give up and go back to crumble?
    Thanks,
    DD
     
  2. Lifetime chicken lover

    Lifetime chicken lover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens don't like the pellets either....I don't know... there were some suggestions in my post "my chickens hate layena".
     
  3. harewizard

    harewizard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hi DD,
    I would wait a little while and see. Remember pellets are more filling as they are bigger. If you have crumble left, you can add the 2 together. This is what I did. Do you feed free choice or resticted? If restricted, you may want to let them eat free choice. And before the chickens bedtime, check their crops- If they are full and bulging, they are eating enough on their own.

    HTH, [​IMG]
    Lisa
     
  4. JLS

    JLS Love my feathered babies!

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    Mine didn't like to eat them at first but I listened to the feed store and stuck with it. They have done well.
     
  5. ray2310

    ray2310 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked their crops? Ours did not look like they were eating a lot but their crops are always full so I guess they are.
     
  6. peanut1

    peanut1 New Egg

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    Funny mine are the same way! Wont eat pellets so I use crumble. They win!
     
  7. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we did the switch I had a few crumbles left...so mixed. But I think they prefer the pellets.
    Lot less waste too.
     
  8. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switched from crumble to pellets within the last 2 months. They were wasting so much and with my 2 geese they kept acting like it was getting stuck so livestock supply told me to mix it with the pellets and they are find now. They are also making less mess. Yea that is what I like.
     
  9. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would just give them time to adjust. I know that a chicken will not starve themselves to death, just because they don't prefer pellets. If they get hungry enough they will eat them and get use to it. Will
     
  10. Ironmaiden

    Ironmaiden Chicken Maiden

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    Good advice. I'd like to switch to pellets as well, although mine have had less waste since I've hung the feeder up a bit higher.
     

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