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Hey guys! I recently decided to branch out and become a new chicken owner and have currently 4 baby chicks! Right now I'm feeding nature wise chick starter grower from Nutrena (& so far I do love the Nutrena product) but as they are getting older I'm wanting to see if I should stay on nature wise or if it would be better to switch to an organic/ non GMO feed for egg production? Price is a little bit of an issue, but starting out I want to keep the eggs and hopefully start to sell them, so for that reason I want to make sure they are a good quality egg! Any advice or thoughts would be greatly appreciated!!
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Welcome to BYC.  Type of feed used is basically a personal matter of choice.

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Sourland is right. Its completely personal preference. Most poultry feeds are specifically designed for poultry so they contain all the vitamins and minerals birds need. So saying one is better than another will generally spark a debate that will last for decades lol. Most people I've talked to base their feed choice on their budget. If you only have a few birds and don't use a lot of feed. A person can feed a higher priced "name brand". Personally I feed about 100 pounds a day so I feed the cheapest I can find "the local feed mill" with some sunflower seed and conditioner pellets added in for a little extra something. Some birds however may eat one brand better than another. They may like crumbles over pellets. I'd say trial and error is the best path to take when starting out.

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Glad you could join the flock! I too agree that's a personal choice of what you feed. Please do pop pit feeding section where I'm sure you will get further advice. Here is the link ~ http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/12/feeding-amp-watering-your-flock

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:frow and :welcome

Hey @chickenchany! I am so happy you joined our roost at BYC! I would like to welcome you with open arms! Yes this site is very helpful for all chicken related things! Since you are new to chickens I will leave you the link to the most prominent learning area on this site our Learning Center a place with updated articles for old and new chicken raisers!   http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center For your raising baby chicks needs follow this link for that forum that has a bunch of threads and it is always available for you to make new ones.  http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/11/raising-baby-chicks    I hope you enjoy BYC and make sure to post pictures of your flock and give us updates on how you are doing here   http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates I hope you and your new chicks do great and enjoy the Summer!

Justin :thumbsup 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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If you haven't noticed yet, I am the king of typos.

When I post in the "What Breed Or Gender Is This" section, I do not name hatchery/peoples' hybrids by a "breed" name (for example, Oliver Egger)--they are either a purebred or a mixed breed.

Please like my NEW facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BantamFan4Life-571978982974734/

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bant...

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