I was on Amazon buying a scale amd heating pad (scale for me since I've been eating a lot of junk a few months and am now overweight, heating pad for the birds since I'm trying the mama heating pad thing) and decided to type "feed" in just for fun, thinking there wouldn't be anything. Well, at first it was all books but once I hit "pet supplies" there's actually quite a few. Even horse feed. However, it wasn't big name stuff but I almost think maybe it's better?
There's a lot and different varieties in all the brands but the ones I seemed to notice most are Kalmbach, Coyote Creek, Hiland Naturals and then also H and H Feed, Scratch and Peck Feeds, Nature's Best, etc.
H and H and Scratch and Peck seemed a little weird from the pics (haven't checked the website) but the others, after initial hesitation and review of the websites, actually seem pretty good. I'm still going through Amazon so may discover more. But these seem not so bad?
I think our feed store carries Nature's Best.
The only other food I've heard of is the Purina and one other big name one but I'm wondering if something like these local ones (Well, not local to me ha) from Amazon or other online or local retailers may be better and healthier? Hiland especially seems to have a great price for the organic one. It's funny too though because it seems most feed is between $30-$40 or $50 for like 40 pounds (sometimes 30 or 50) and even if it was closer to $60 or $70 it would still be cheaper than good dog food lol
I don't buy into the $70 or even close to $100 bags of dog food but I have switched to better brands since June (used to be on like every food possible including Purina) and it's usually around $40-$60, usually closer to $50, for like 25 or 27 pounds, lmao it's usually 27 but one brand it's not. Thankfully for such a huge dog he hardly eats anything.
But anyway, back to chicken feed, my point is I'd like to find the best food to keep them healthy and the best price and if that means buying it online then okay. BUT. I also do not mind paying a little more because like I said, the dog food is way less value for the dollar.
I know I rambled a lot and went off topic and I'm sorry but basically my.point is have you heard of those brands or others, are they good, do you think i should get them here or elsewhere?
Also I know a lot of people have had great success with Purina and maybe their livestock feeds are good or it doesn't matter but I don't think I want to go with them if possible. I don't even think our feed store even carries them. Initially I was thinking I may go with them because it seems everybody does but now I've been thinking and have realized... I wouldn't feed it to my dog or my cat and likely wouldn't even touch it with a 10 foot pole so why would I feed it to my chickens? Again, I'm not bashing it and I know a ton of people have perfectly healthy flocks on it, but in my personal opinion I wouldn't touch it. I'm actually upset they bought Merrick (dog food and cat food too) over the summer. I'm hoping the ingredients and sourcing don't change. I don't have anyone on it now and haven't since the summer but I do sometimes feed it (I have my dog on a rotation diet)
Anyway, I will come back with links