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Scratch and Peck Feeds Organic Layer 16% Pellets Chicken Food

Scratch and Peck Feeds Organic Layer 16% Pellets Chicken Food

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    Pellets are Large

    By JudyB on Sep 24, 2021

    Sad to say, after eating Scratch and Peck Layer Feed for years, my chickens didn’t transition well to this pelleted feed. I gradually mixed it into their whole grain feed for a couple of weeks, but once it got to where I was feeding just the pellets a couple of weeks ago, I’m finding most of it left Sad to say, after eating Scratch and Peck Layer Feed for years, my chickens didn’t transition well to this pelleted feed. I gradually mixed it into their whole grain feed for a couple of weeks, but once it got to where I was feeding just the pellets a couple of weeks ago, I’m finding most of it left in the feeder. I feed my birds daily, hoping to keep the feed fresh and avoid waste. I think the size of the large pellets is just too big of a change for them. … more

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    Bummed - my hens won’t eat it.

    By mony6924 on Oct 15, 2021

    I tried mixing it with their old food. They pick all around the pellets. It’s always left behind.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Bummed - my hens won’t eat it.

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    I tried mixing it with their old food. They pick all around the pellets. It’s always left behind.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Pellets are Large

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    Sad to say, after eating Scratch and Peck Layer Feed for years, my chickens didn’t transition well to this pelleted feed. I gradually mixed it into their whole grain feed for a couple of weeks, but once it got to where I was feeding just the pellets a couple of weeks ago, I’m finding most of it left in the feeder. I feed my birds daily, hoping to keep the feed fresh and avoid waste. I think the size of the large pellets is just too big of a change for them.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    We love it

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    The chickens love these pellets! I wasn’t sure since they seemed to always prefer England’s best. I love this food because it helps keep food waste out of our landfills since that is what black soldier fly larva eat.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what we needed!

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    This is a great feed for my girls. They used to be on the scratch and peck until I noticed they were picking out certain grains leading to waste and a big patch of barley grass under their feeder (more funny than a problem). They love these pellets and I love the quality. There was a transition period to win them over but they transitioned well.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Rejected by Picky Eaters

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    I love that this feed is made with grubs instead of fish, but my chickens refused to eat the pellets, even after weeks of gradually introducing it. I am going back to the Scratch and Peck grain. Hopefully S & P will switch all of their feeds to grubs, which seems more sustainable than fish.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great food, pellets take an adjustment period

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    My chickens are happy and healthy on this food. I switched to this from Scratch n Peck's whole grain blend. My chickens were just picking out the good stuff and leaving the less tasty but healthier stuff behind. I was really happy to see this brand put out a pelleted food and tried mixing it in gradually with the old food, but they just avoided the pellets! Picky chickens will be picky chickens. It took removing their old food and giving them only these pellets before they adjusted, and then it took several days before they got used to the new feed. However, if you look up switching over from whole grains or crumbles to a pelleted feed, this is a common problem for any feed brand. Chickens need My chickens are happy and healthy on this food. I switched to this from Scratch n Peck's whole grain blend. My chickens were just picking out the good stuff and leaving the less tasty but healthier stuff behind. I was really happy to see this brand put out a pelleted food and tried mixing it in gradually with the old food, but they just avoided the pellets! Picky chickens will be picky chickens. It took removing their old food and giving them only these pellets before they adjusted, and then it took several days before they got used to the new feed. However, if you look up switching over from whole grains or crumbles to a pelleted feed, this is a common problem for any feed brand. Chickens need time to adjust to the size of the pellets. … more

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for me

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    I prefer whole gain feeds but Ive had people tell me pellets are better because the waste less that way. When scratch and peck came out with pellet with extra stuff in it I figured I would give it a try. I tested it out for the entire amont of the bag. My girls would actively dig throught the pellets looking for whole gains. Maybe if i started them younger but i prefer to see what they are eating so im going to stick with the whole grain formulas of Scratch n Peck feed

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT FEED!

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    Only the best for my girls! Give them time to adjust to the transition, I mixed mine half and half with their whole grain S&P feed and they didn't want to touch it at first but after a few weeks they were picking out the pellets to eat and leaving the whole grains. This is also great for ducks because they like to wash their food down with water and with the whole grain S&P, a lot of the food and vitamin/mineral powder would wash out into the water and be wasted. No waste no mess with the pellet. My girls have all gained weight, eat more and are in better condition on this pellet.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Layer can feed but...

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    This stuff sounds cool but in reality it was too big and dry for my chickens to eat. It's just too foreign and unnatural for them to find it appealing. My work around for this is adding black sunflower seeds and water to soften them up. The pellets absorb the water quickly and will soon become softer and palatable. I also ferment grains (scratch feed) and add this to the mix just before feeding time. The liquid from the ferment gets absorbed into these pellets and really enhances the palatability. If your feeding this to your flock your birds are indeed shamelessly spoiled.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the Adjustment Period

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    I used Scratch and Peck's whole grain feed for years, and was excited to try this new pelleted feed. As another user mentioned, my flock was slow to adjust to the new format, but they eventually did and WOW what an amazing outcome. Don't give up - it took my flock two months, and I'm so glad I kept on trying. I previously had a few picky eaters who didn't eat all the whole grain components, and the new pellets have totally resolved that issue. Gone are the days of feather picking, or the occasional soft egg shell - my ladies are all fully feathered and super healthy, and I get the best tasting and hardest shelled eggs of my life. Even my husband commented about the fact that he had to really I used Scratch and Peck's whole grain feed for years, and was excited to try this new pelleted feed. As another user mentioned, my flock was slow to adjust to the new format, but they eventually did and WOW what an amazing outcome. Don't give up - it took my flock two months, and I'm so glad I kept on trying. I previously had a few picky eaters who didn't eat all the whole grain components, and the new pellets have totally resolved that issue. Gone are the days of feather picking, or the occasional soft egg shell - my ladies are all fully feathered and super healthy, and I get the best tasting and hardest shelled eggs of my life. Even my husband commented about the fact that he had to really "whack" the eggs to get the shells to crack. It's the perfect "one and done" solution for my busy life, and as much as I loved the whole grain, I will probably be a grub pellet feeder for life now. Another awesome benefit of this feed is that now my flock gets super excited to get scratch as a treat, so I have an additional training tool for socializing them. The pellets themselves are high quality, and despite the dampness in my barn, the pellets have yet to crumble or dissolve at all. And, they seem to be getting their nutritional needs met so well that they are eating less than before so it makes this bag go a long long way. Anyhow, I love supporting an American company, and love that they buy their grains from American family farms. If you're looking for the very best, I highly recommend this product. … more

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