Compare Nutrena vs. Purina

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by briteday, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I have both available to me nearby. I have been using Purina Layena for my pullets but think they would do better with a higher protein feed since they free range a lot, essentially diluting the protein in their feed. I noticed that Nutrena has a higher protein feed (I think 20%) and I also noticed that soy is further down the list, unlike a no-name brand here. The no-name local brand has 20% protein but the first ingredient is soy.

    Opinions? Experiences?
  2. jnjross

    jnjross Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2008
    edwards, ms
    i personally think nutrena makes them smell really bad. so i use puriena
  3. old mill poultry

    old mill poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 10, 2009
    I have used nutrena for two years that I have had chickens and really I don't think mine smell. They are fat and healthy.
  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Well the only difference I can think of is a couple letters...
    Seriously though, is there really a difference?
  5. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    Jersey Shore
    Nutrena has I believe animal protein from pork, purina has protein from plants.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't buy Nutrena because it's owned by Cargill, a supporter of NAIS. I don't recall if it has animal protein in it, which, in my way of thinking, would be good. Also, I used to live down the road from one of the Cargill plants. Yuck, sometimes the air in the n'hood smelled like I was suffocating in a bag of dogfood.
  7. TerryO

    TerryO Just Hatched

    Feb 15, 2016
    Well both are made by Cargill. I would suspect that they come off of the same line. The Nutrena brand used to be a European brand and was bought by Cargill. Purina the most recognized brand in agriculture was also bought by Cargill. They charge a bit more for Purina where I live so maybe the ingredients are a bit more expensive. I keep detailed records and if you are free feeding chickens tend to eat just a bit more Nutrena and lay the same number of eggs with both. That also makes me think there are a bit more fillers in Nutrena and the chickens compensate by eating a bit more. Or maybe it was just the weather.
  8. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Your comment is true for Europe but not for the United States. Nutrena is a brand owned by Cargill while Purina is a brand owned by Land O'Lakes Cooperative.
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    You beat me to the post LazyJ
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2016
  10. TerryO

    TerryO Just Hatched

    Feb 15, 2016
    Ah, well I live in Nicaragua and our feed comes from Europe. So I just wnet by the bags I have on hand.

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