Making the correct feed choice
QThere are two choices in layer feeds I understand, mash and pellets. What are the pros and cons of each?
AVictoria says: All chicken feed goes rancid and toxic if it is damp. Feed always used to be mash, a powdery mixture of all the ingredients, as it was the cheapest way to make it. Once it was proven that some bacterial contamination was removed by pelleting the feed using steam, the majority of feed is now pelleted with different sized screens producing variations in pellet size for the age and size of the chickens – broiler pellets are enormous, far too large for bantams to swallow. Pellets look like feed when they are on the ground meaning little wastage. Mash is used by those who think their hens need to occupy more time eating. The downside is that the ingredients can get layered rather than thoroughly distributed and mash sticks to the beak of a hen who then drinks and deposits some mash in the drinker, quickly making a rancid bacterial soup.