Your preference: Laying crumble or Laying pellets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by frog522, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. frog522

    frog522 In the Brooder

    Jun 16, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I started my chickens on "Starter Crumble" in May 2010 and then switched over to laying crumble when they first started to lay. In June 2011 I switched over to laying pellets because I thought it would be more convenient to eat in terms of size. I've noticed quite alot of pellets scattered all over the sand on the run floor. I'm considering switching back to laying crumble.

    For BYC'ers out there, which do you use? And for those that have used both, which do you prefer, and why???
  2. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    I prefer crumbles, but mostly because I didn't know there was pellets until very recently (new to chickens). I stayed with crumble because that is what feed store gave me. I do not have big problems with loss of food on ground and spillage. I know some absolutely prefer mash or pellets to crumbles. The feed store people told me personal preference and whatever my birds WASTE less of is what I need. Since I have no problems, I am not switching to pellets or mash at this point. Hope that helps.
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    If the feeder is properly adjusted I prefer crumbles.
  4. happyhens120

    happyhens120 Songster

    Aug 8, 2011
    Central PA
    Both me and my girls prefer crumbles over pellets, but ultimately they love the laying mash I get from the local mill... they eat it much better and the eggs are fantastic!
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I fed pellets for a good long while and preferred them. Then I ended up with all different ages to feed and switched over to a flockraiser type feed. I really like the simplicity of feeding everyone the same feed but the FR brand I use only comes in crumbles.
  6. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Mine definitely prefer the crumbles, so that's what I feed them.

    I don't feed them from the floor (I have a hanging feeder), so there's no waste.

  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Pellets, less waste for me and the few that end up on the ground are picked up easily.
  8. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Pellets all the way. Less waste. If they fall on the ground, they will eat them.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011
  9. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    Pellets here as well....
  10. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers

    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    I gave mine crumbles until my hubby picked up pellets when I sent him for food one time. My birds prefer the pellets. Im trying to mix in the last of a bag of crumbles I got for the babies, but only the silkies will happily eat them now. Even the 2 month old babies go for pellets first now. So they get what they like best and I have no waste.

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