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Chicken Feed from WalMart

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rhschulz2000, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. rhschulz2000

    rhschulz2000 In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2011
    I am going to be buying my first chicks this coming spring. A couple of questions about feeding them. Does anyone buy their chicken feed from WalMart. I was planning on buying from my local Murdock's farm store, but wondered if the WalMart feed is just as good and cheaper. What about the benefits of Organic feed? Is it worth the added expense? What about medicated feed for chicks and putting an vitamin-electrolyte solution in the water. I am planning on starting with 9 chicks (3 females each of the Barred Plymouth Rocks, Rhode Island Reds and Columbian Wyandottes). I have as possible substitutions, Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps. Any comments about those breeds of chickens and pro and cons of each. Thanks for your response. Bob

  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I didn't know Walmart sold chicken feed. However Walmart is about "cheap" buying so I don't know that I'd trust them to have good feed. I also don't support Walmart due to it's human rights violation lawsuits against women and minorities.

    Just my take,

    Last edited: Dec 27, 2011
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I bought the walmart brand once. I was not impressed at all.
  4. blkpoodles

    blkpoodles Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
    Winsted, CT
    that's where i buy my chicken feed, it's only acouple bucks cheaper then some of the feed from TSC, i use medicated chick starter for my chicks, i heard from some chicken people the medicated stuff is better, it depends on what you think
  5. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    The Walmart here doesn't carry chick starter. They only have layer crumbles and scratch grains. Neither food is suitable for young chicks who have yet reached the age of egg-laying. If you give them layer food too soon, it's really bad for them, contains an amount of calcium that is lethal to a young chick's kidneys. I would recommend buying chick food at your local farm supply store until your chicks are old enough to move up to layer food.

    As always, read labels and compare. I think there's nothing wrong with the feed at Walmart if you have a healthy flock, especially if your birds free-range and have access to grasses, bugs, and worms.
  6. blkpoodles

    blkpoodles Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
    Winsted, CT
    keep an eye out if you choose to want your feed from walmart, ours started carrying the small bag of medicated chick starter, was 4.95 plus tax
  7. donnavee

    donnavee Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC

  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Quote:I worked 17 years for Walmart, now retired. Some stores carry livestock feed but most don't. It is also up to the store manager if they carry the feed or not. At the store I retired from when we went through out last remodel, the livestock feed such as poultry and scratch was on the modular but our store manager decided not to carry it so it was sent to to another store so I never got a chance to try it.
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Can anyone post a pic of what the WalMart chicken feed looks like or even the bag it comes in? What is the brand?
  10. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    WM up here in Canada does not sell chicken feed. But I can input on your organic question. I use organic non medicated starter because we choose to eat the roosters. Simple. We do not want to feed our kids meat that has been medicated. It is a very personal choice.

    If WM chicken feed is anyting like WM dog food, I would steer far away from that disaster.

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