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Switching feed brands

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I'm going to be getting some chicks soon, and this question also includes adults I was wondering if the birds will have any adverse reactions if i were to switch brands? Like dogs and cats do if you change their food too quickly?
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That's a very good question! :) As a cat owner, I at one time might have wondered that myself. Actually, though, I don't think the same concept is the case with poultry given my experiences. We first started out feeding our girls Purina Naturewise, then abruptly changed to Kalmbach organic feed when we started getting damaged bags of it for free from the company. Thank goodness, there were do adverse side effects to the sudden switch.

 

-Alex

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 2 bantam quacklings, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! 

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 2 bantam quacklings, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! 

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post #3 of 8
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Okay cool! I'm not sure how chicken digestion compares to dog/cat/horse. I know the latter will have some serious GI issues from a sudden food change.
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Originally Posted by KaityRoseChicks View Post

Okay cool! I'm not sure how chicken digestion compares to dog/cat/horse. I know the latter will have some serious GI issues from a sudden food change.

Honestly, being a novice, I don't know the exact details of how a chicken's digestive system works, but I'm going solely upon experiences. :) I guess they're really not all that sensitive. Best wishes with your flock!

 

-Alex


Edited by Alexandra33 - 3/10/16 at 10:54am

"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 2 bantam quacklings, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! 

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"For You, O Lord, are good and ready to forgive;

And abundant in lovingkindness and overflowing in mercy to all those who call upon You." Psalm 86:5

 

Happy owner of 37 wonderful hens, 2 amazing roosters, 21 chickies, 2 bantam quacklings, 5 interesting ducks, 1 unfriendly drake, 4 furry kitties, and 5 crabby parakeets! 

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post #5 of 8
Digestive upset can happen in chickens with abrupt diet changes, but they tend to be milder when/if they occur. I think this is because of two main reasons:

1) While the different diets may differ in ingredients, the overall macronutrient composition (protein, carbs, fats) tends to remain very similar. Dog/cat food varies tremendously in its composition so their digestive systems may have to up/down regulate the production of certain enzymes and digestive aids to handle the new food...there is a lag while everything readjusts and during this lag not only can improperly digested food components draw water into the gut on their own, they can also severely upset the established gut microflora.

2) Chickens have well-developed ceca designed to create an ideal environment for the growth and reproduction of those beneficial bacteria to ferment the food for the chicken. The colon is constantly reseeded with this reservoir of good bacteria via "cecal poops". The cecum of a dog or cat is much more rudimentary and more susceptible to imbalances.
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So while it's not life threatening (?) it can be avoided by slowly switching food? Thanks for explaining it 😊
post #7 of 8
Honestly, I wouldn't hesitate to do an abrupt switch in an otherwise healthy chicken. The poop may be a bit looser, but it is unlikely that you will notice much change in the chicken themselves. Should correct itself quickly too.
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Awesome 😊 thanks
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