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Anyone use Purina's SunFresh feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gritsar, May 1, 2008.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I plan to switch to Purina's SunFresh Start & Grow as soon as I finish up the chick starter that I have. I like the fact that it's an all-natural (no animal by-products) feed.
    Also, I'll have to drive almost an hour to the closest Purina dealer, so I plan to buy alot at one time, if it comes in 50 lb. bags, then I'll buy 2 or 3. So I'm wondering if keeping it in a metal trash can with a tight fitting lid would keep it fresh enough.
     
  2. jfarm

    jfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently switched to the SunFresh layer mix. My layers are on their 2nd bag now and I don't know if it is coinsidence, but they have been consistently laying larger than usual eggs, with nice bright yellow yolks.

    It's a great product, I too like that it is vegetable based and resonably priced.

    I keep it in a large rubbermaide container.
     
  3. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    Purina is all I use. My birds love it.
     
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I use the Sunfresh recipe. I can tell my customers with 100% certainty that my chickens were not fed chickens, which is a nice selling point. Now, my birds are not vegetarians by any stretch, but I find it makes a good impression and selling point.

    Personally, though, I wouldn't drive very far out of my way to get Purina (or any named brand). Buy what is milled nearest you, as it will be freshest and best for your birds.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I like Purina. But I think chickens do need animal protein. I read that fish meal is really good, and high in Omega 3. Does anyone use it? Where would you buy it?
     
  6. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    I like Layena but it $4 per bag more than the mash that my feed store grinds.I've used it and I did seem to get bigger eggs during the time I was using it.I have always used Start and Grow but I found a busted bag of Dumor 20% chick feed at TSC and it was reduced to half price so I got it and my chicks that I have used it on have grown like weeds.Start and Grow is 18% so the other 2% is nice to have.
     
  7. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    Thats what I use and since I have to have mine ordered I get 2-3 bags at a time (for the Layena). I store mine in a metal can and so far it has worked really well.
    How are those fluff butts btw?
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    I would only buy Purina too because of the "no by products" in it. It's not only protein that your chicken is getting by buying products with byproducts in the ingredients! I figure if I want to feed them protein I will find a way to find fresh REAL protein myself rather then them getting all the extra byproduct yuckies they don't need. I have a bag waiting for my babies now [​IMG]
     
  9. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    It's the only thing I use. My chickens do great with it, and I give them treats of meat scraps other than chicken. The pigs get the chicken and the chickens get the pig. [​IMG]
     
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    It's all I use and the chickens seem to love it...I keep mine in the henhouse in metal trash cans and don't have any problems..Mine is used up pretty quickly doesn't stay more than 2 weeks in the metal cans...I buy two or three bags at a time ...
     

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