Does anyone have experience with these feeds ad can chime in?
I have crossed off nutrena and bar ale as they seem to have inferior ingredients, but are more affordable. Are there brands i have missed?
We use Scratch and Peck corn/soy free and then let my chickens free range. I really love the quality of eggs we get using this feed and letting them free ranging. We have pretty much only used Scratch and Peck, although we did use a lesser quality brand before our hens were laying.
I started using Modesto Milling last spring and have been very pleased with my birds appearance as well as egg production and quality. I prefer the pellets or crumbles over a mix like Scratch and Peck, that way they don't pick out only what they like and leave the rest.
I have been happy with Modesto milling. I was using the corn and soy free, but since that is only available in 50lb bags (at least at the store I go to) I had to go back to the formula that includes soy (it comes in 25lb bags) because with only 4 hens, the 50lb bag is just too big for us.
I have not tried Scratch and Peck itself but when I've used other mixes the birds do to much sorting and wasting. As far as how much 4 birds will consume? Depends a lot on their living conditions. Birds who have access for forage/pasture will eat less then birds only in a coop. Also depends on how much extra stuff you feed them in the way of treats, veggies etc. I currently only have 8 birds but a 50 pound bag lasts me much longer then a month, even in winter when there is no forage available and I don't feed a lot of extras.