Weighing up whether to feed pellets or mash to bantams
QI get my new bantams — four pure Rhode Island Reds — soon and, having looked at the feed choices in my local agricultural store, I can’t decide whether to feed pellets or mash. I will be feeding mixed corn in the afternoons as I have seen this suggested in several books. Can you help?
AJeremy Hobson says: While pellets may be the best option in terms of ease and reducing wastage, some poultry keepers think that dry mash is a better form of feed. Because birds can consume their entire day’s ration of pellets very quickly, they soon become bored, especially in winter when there is not so much to peck at outdoors. It takes hens a lot longer to eat the equivalent amount of mash. I’m glad that you are intending to feed a manufactured compound feed as well as mixed corn. Pellets and mash contain equal amount of nutrients and essential vitamins to support body functions, enzymes to improve feed utilization, organic acids to promote growth, bacterial resistance and general bird health and, should you be thinking of breeding from your birds at a later stage, trace elements to improve fertility and fatty acids to increase chick viability and bird development.
Feeding pellets can be the best option in terms of ease and reducing wastage