What to do with small bits left in feed?

Aug 18, 2019
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I'm sick of waste! What to do with those small tiny powdery bits leftover that chickens don't seem to want to eat?
Out of my 20kg feed bag there's at least 500g that chickens don't want to eat.
I have tried water/ making a mash with some and they eat about 20g out of the 80g I make up that day and I have to throw the rest out so it is freshly made the next day.
Any suggestions??
 

cherrynberry

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I'm sick of waste! What to do with those small tiny powdery bits leftover that chickens don't seem to want to eat?
Out of my 20kg feed bag there's at least 500g that chickens don't want to eat.
I have tried water/ making a mash with some and they eat about 20g out of the 80g I make up that day and I have to throw the rest out so it is freshly made the next day.
Any suggestions??
I try to get pellets when I can. If there is powder, wetting it may help.
 

NatJ

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I'm sick of waste! What to do with those small tiny powdery bits leftover that chickens don't seem to want to eat?
Out of my 20kg feed bag there's at least 500g that chickens don't want to eat.
I have tried water/ making a mash with some and they eat about 20g out of the 80g I make up that day and I have to throw the rest out so it is freshly made the next day.
Any suggestions??
I was going to suggest a wet mash, because chickens usually like it.

Since they ate a little bit, maybe you could try doing about that amount each day.
 

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I'm sick of waste! What to do with those small tiny powdery bits leftover that chickens don't seem to want to eat?
Out of my 20kg feed bag there's at least 500g that chickens don't want to eat.
I have tried water/ making a mash with some and they eat about 20g out of the 80g I make up that day and I have to throw the rest out so it is freshly made the next day.
Any suggestions??
I've heard of people mixing milk with the mash? Or mix it with yogurt, they'll love it.
If you have the crumble feed variety, maybe consider the pellets instead? Crumbles tend to make more dust. And if they don't want the mash, take their normal food away so that the mash is their only choice.
 

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They like it better then powdery tiny bits. Yes I have tried slightly wet, medium wet, soaking wet :lau
Then I would feed them a little at a time to get them used to it. My chicks get little bits are wet feed from the beginning. Its a lot easier to transition them when I want to feed wet feed on a hot day.
 
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I've heard of people mixing milk with the mash? Or mix it with yogurt, they'll love it.
If you have the crumble feed variety, maybe consider the pellets instead? Crumbles tend to make more dust. And if they don't want the mash, take their normal food away so that the mash is their only choice.
I can't get pellet version as it has anti cocci stuff in it I can't use for layers.
I give them the option of the powdery bits or the wet powdery version, they do prefer the wet version but that's their options so I can get rid of it without wasting it all. But still so much waste!
I haven't tried milk or yoghurt though so that might be my next option to try 😄
 

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