Feed brands?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Colored Egg Farmer, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    Ok for those of you with experience with feed brands i would like to ask you your opinion. I'm going to start selling chicken feed in my area and would like to know the brands that i should stay away from and ones that are very good. Nutrena is one brand i can possible get so opinions on that brand would also help. I will thank you now for your help.

  2. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Songster

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    I use the Nutrena layer brand and I really like it. My birds seem to be able to digest it easier than the other brands I have used. Meaning more normal poos. The pellets are smaller and easier for my banties to eat.

    I have used the Purina Layena when I couldn't get the Nutrena. The birds seem to like it ok, but the pellets are huge!. My banties kind of look at it as if they are trying to figure out how to eat it. My standards are good with it.

    The only other feed I have used is Arizona Feeds, and I don't like it. I can't remember what the name of the mill though. My birds had diarrhea all the time they ate it. The pellets size was ok, though.

    Good luck!!

    I've also used the Nutrena Start/Grow crumbles and have had no issues. The crumbles are finer than the Purina Start/Grow crumbles. My chicks will eat any crumbles I put in front of them. LOL
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2009
  3. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    I use and highly recommend Buckeye's Breeder/Layer Pellets. THe pellets are smaller than Purina's pellets, but I believe it's manfuactured for use in the midwest...not sure on that. It has a big higher protein (18%) and it's animal-based protein, which I prefer. I switched to Layena a few times when I ran out, and had some mild issues that seemed to resolve when I switched back to the Buckeye, which is why I'm sold on it.
  4. cockadoodle

    cockadoodle Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    I'd also agree that Nutrena is pretty good stuff for the price. I've used layer crumbles, and pellets. Can't say I've experienced any issues with either. I prefer the crumbles, slightly better feed conversion, but picked up a bag of the pellets by mistake a while back. My chickens will eat either, happily. One thing I have noticed is that one of my chickens almost always has a fairly large crop in the evenings, it's just normal for her. However, with the crumbles, not so large. I think it just goes through their system with slightly less 'grinding' and probably digests overall a little more efficiently. If I switch feeds, it will be to go certified organic.

  5. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    thanks everyone [​IMG]

    I think i'm going with nutrena and am no waiting for there local sales representative to come check me out and fill in all the paper work. Just got to love paper work [​IMG]
  6. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Songster

    May 24, 2009
    Temperance, MI
    I like Kent feeds
  7. vtsarahb

    vtsarahb Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Bradford, VT
    I like Blue Seal.
  8. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Purina for me!
  9. YankeeRider

    YankeeRider Chirping

    Look into Poulin. They're based in the notheast.
  10. rstampa

    rstampa Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Tampa, Florida
    I used Purina Grow Starter when they were chicks. They do carry a high quality produce. But I wanted to go organic. Now I use "Country Acres" Organic Certified Layer feed, shipped from Virgina.

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