MannaPro or Purina or something else.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by rstampa, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,
    I just don't know which brand of chicken feed to buy for my girls. I will be switching soon from Starter Grow to Layer. At present I'm using the Purina brand but was wondering from all of your experiences, is there a brand of feed that you think is better then the other? Any particular brand you use and why would help me to decide.[​IMG] Thank you all for you wisdom:confused: and experience.
     
  2. i'mclucked

    i'mclucked Out Of The Brooder

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    I switched from Purina Sarter , to Purina Layena crumbles with excellent results. My four BO's are giving me 4 eggs a day. I couldn't be happier. My girls also freerange till dusk. My eggs are medium size ,with thick shells. I don't supplement the Layena at all, it seems sufficient to me.
     
  3. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    I have been so happy with Purina that I've never tried anything else...
     
  4. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for you advise, I think I'll stick with Purina. It seems that everybody's chickens are healthy and layer more eggs.
    The guy at the feed store feeds his MannaPro. So in conversation I asked him how were his chickens doing and have they laid any eggs yet. He said they are all healthy and free ranging. But at 9 months old none have laid any eggs. That's what got me thinking of the different brands of feed out there. Of course I didn't say anything to him in responds.
    Thanks again.
     
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    [​IMG] The feed store guy might not be getting eggs from his free-ranging flock because they're laying in hidden places. Or some other reason. It might not be due to the feed they get.

    I think if you had a commercial laying operation it would be more critical to determine just which brand of feed made your hens lay more or better eggs. But with a backyard flock, especially one that supplements its feed with free-range foraging or other treats, there are a lot of variables that can affect their health & egg production besides brand of feed.

    My chickens get the least expensive brand of feed I can obtain for them. Right now it's Country Acres, which is a division of Purina, but its products cost less. For a while I could get the feed they sell in the grocery stores for less, it's Walpole, from a local mill. And if I have coupons to bring the price down, I'll get Purina or Manna Pro.

    I really haven't seen ANY difference in their health or egg quality when they've been on the different brands of feed. But I do see the difference in my wallet. If you have a brand you like, and can easily afford it, and think it makes your chickens perform better, by all means buy it. Otherwise, don't feel you have to buy them top-dollar feed.
     
  6. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks so much Sunny_Side_Up. The money savings does put a different light on the subjest. I do appricate your advise.
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I tried Manna Pro a couple of times in the past when the feed store was out of Purina...neither I or the chickens liked it.
     
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    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:That recall is from last April.
     
  10. rstampa

    rstampa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That recall is from last April.

    Yes I know but have they fixed the problem? I'm sure they have by now.
    I have head bad things about WalMart Selling bad feed from other people. Which I had no idea that they even sold feed.
    Have a great weekend.
     

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