is Dumor (dumour) a good feed brand?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chica5592, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. Dennis1979

    Dennis1979 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    The Dumor chick starter has chicken feathers as one of its ingredients. I think I would like to find a better way to get protein in the feed besides feeding chicken feathers from dead confinement birds.

    I read somewhere that Dumor is made by Purina and is just a lower quality product than their name brands. There was a recall of Purina horse feed a while back and Dumor was also recalled because Purina had made it. One of the posters to this thread said TSC buys it from whoever is cheaper so it could be that Purina was just the manufacturer at that time, I don't know. If TSC is getting feed from different millers based on who is cheapest then I would think that any kind of consistency would be impossible. Maybe that's why some have bad results while some do not.

    1 person likes this.
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Where did you see it has chick feathers in it?
  3. Dennis1979

    Dennis1979 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    On the label. There is a white label stitched into the bottom of each bag. It lists all the ingredients and nutrient content.
  4. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2007
    I had just the opposite smell problem. When my chicks were on dumor, their poo smelled like the feed. It looked like the feed too and they went through it fast. (It seemed to go through them fast too.) Then I switched to Purina and it smelled and looked like chicken poop. They didn't go through the Purina as quickly either eventhough they were bigger.
  5. Dennis1979

    Dennis1979 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 17, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    My wife is a breeder of high quality Shetland Sheepdogs. She has been doing this for about 15 years. One thing I learned early on from her Shelties is that when feeding low quality dog food, your dog will eat more of it and poop more. This is because the food doesn't have the nutrition the dog needs. So he eats and eats trying to get what he needs and mostly it just comes out the other end. Switch to a high quality dog food and you get the opposite, less food intake, less waste come out the back and a healthier animal. I laugh when I think of all the people using Old Roy or any cheap grocery store dog food and thinking they are saving money.

    I think perhaps your experience bears this out. Your chicks ate a lot of Dumor but it mostly just passed through. With the Purina they eat less and have normal looking waste.

    Dogs and chickens of course are different. Dogs will eat however much food you give them, so with our Shelties they only get a measured amount of food twice a day. But they are perfect weight and body size, great coat and very healthy even though they would eat more if we gave it to them. Dogs can get obese just like people if they over-eat. With chickens, they will eat until they are full and stop, but perhaps with a high quality feed, their bodies have them eating at longer intervels ?????

  6. HFC

    HFC Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 29, 2007
    Crosby, TX
    Oops. My dog seems to like Ol-Roy, but I never gave it much thought. What brand would you recommend for a 40lb 10 year-old lab mix?
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Quote:Is that what's going on in my brooders and coop? Holy cow! I wouldn't have guessed it was the feed. My chicks and chickens do stink and haven't been that bad until I switched them over to the Dumor. I'm so very glad that I read this. I'll switch back to Southern States brand or see if I can find the Purina. [​IMG]
  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    about the tax exempt thing, there are requirements but I cant tell you anymore about it. My dad has for the farm but he farms 900 acres. if you have a large operation you can get discounts by joining the Grange if you have one in your area also.
  9. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I used Dumor for years, never had a problem with the chicks or hens ...I only switched because of gas prices and using the local feedstore.....
  10. Windy Ridge

    Windy Ridge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2007
    I had to use Dumor goat feed a couple of times when TSC was out of their other brand. The goats would hardly touch it, actually lost condition. The same for the chicken feed: we had to buy some Dumor and the chickens wouldn't eat it well. Their digestion was off for days (making it smell bad to boot).

    Incidentally, I have had to substitute other brands of chicken feed before and the chickens were usually voracious--I guess anything different was like a treat? They were voracious going back to the regular, too. Not with Dumor, though. In my experience, the animals just don't like it.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by