Mary, and THAT is the 64,000 dollar question here. WHY is it cheap? If it's cheap because it's crap then, no do NOT buy it, if it's cheap because its local produced, or not a bunch of ad hype or well, the fools will pay that much for it because it says XXX on the bag then it IS a good reason to buy.The local feed mill here quit making feed years ago, and the one bag I bought was definitely substandard. My chickens thought so too, and I went back to Purina, which is fresh at local feed stores here.
Everyone has different experiences with what's available locally where they live, there's no one perfect fit in either brand or if the local mill makes something worth feeding.
Buying the cheapest feed, just because it's cheap, may not be a good decision either, depending.
I guess one way to re word this might be.
Ok Lets say a chicken needs 10 percent of 5 vitamins daily. (using arbitrary number)
If all brands GIVE you that 10 percent of those 5 vitamins but the costs are across the board.. then WHY pay the higher cost?
IS one not as digestable in a certain form? ok maybe not a good buy
does one taste better, more expensive because they like it, well ok maybe you want to buy it, but it's not critical to the overall chicken health.
and on that, is there some magic word we need to be looking for?
It has 15 percent protein, ok they all do, but this one has 15 percent Chelated Protein, those others are cannonary protein. (throwing out stupid words). the Chelated is the key you need to look for, THAT is the useable protein .vs. just a total protein. Is there something like this going on we are missing / are not understanding?