Poulin Grain??

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  1. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Anybody have experience with Poulin Grain?

    Our local feed store switched to this brand recently.

    I didn't know that because I haven't been there in a few months cause I was buying Flock Raiser from TSC for winter so I go back to buy Hearty Hen from Nutrena and they tell me.

    They say it's just as good or better than Hearty Hen and a family friend (who happens to be the manager there) feeds it to his chickens and the eggs are great so I decided to try it. Looking at the bag, it does look just as good. 18 percent protein, soy free, similar price, everything I want lol

    But I'm more just looking for opinions or personal experience.

    It's called Egg Production Plus.

    Here's the bag.

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  2. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Anybody??
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Never heard of it. I like to give my feeds a good sniff. If it smells good and has decent ingredients, and the chickens eat it, well, than it's a hit.

    Why do you want soy free? Out of curiosity.
     
  4. KDOGG331

    KDOGG331 Chicken Obsessed

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    Hmm, that's a good idea. I'll have to sniff it lol sounds so weird :gig

    And well, the soy part isn't really that big of a deal for me, I was more just saying it in comparison to Hearty Hen because that's soy free too. But that said, I have heard soy is bad for people (though I do need to read on it) and my brother's girlfriend avoids it so I figured the soy free is sort of a bonus and wouldn't hurt to keep the animals off it too. But it's not a deal breaker, I did feed Flock Raiser all winter aha but yeah. Originally the Hearty Hen started because it had 18% protein as opposed to 16% which is the biggest factor for me. But I do find the ingredients are better on this versus their regular feed.

    Here is their website

    https://www.poulingrain.com

    And this particular food.

    https://www.poulingrain.com/products/200

    I could be wrong but I think they're locally based
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

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    I see it has lots of corn. I eat a lot of soy because I'm a vegetarian, that's why I asked. I find the no soy thing weird. I would guess it has to do with GMO.

    My feed is locally based too. I would try it and see how they like it and whether your birds seem to do well on it.

    I personally don't feed a layer, and don't like that everyone gets the same calcium whether they are laying or not.

    It has a good protein content though, so that part is good. Won't know until you try it I guess.
     
  6. KDOGG331

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    I didn't notice that before but you're right :/ I assume the other does too but they don't list the ingredients on the site so not sure. And ohhh okay, that makes sense. I have noticed there is a lot of soy in vegetarian things. I'm not but I've looked. I think everything affects everyone differently. Yeah, it is sort of weird, especially since it doesn't even say non GMO so why go through the trouble? But it is nice for people who prefer it though or maybe make them think it's healthier.

    Yeah, I like the idea of giving a local company a chance but no one ever carried it before except one much further away one so this might be good. I think I'll try it and see how they do. I haven't noticed too much difference on any food though.

    Yeah, I've heard too much calcium is bad even for females who aren't producing which is actually why I switched to Flock Raiser for the winter. No one was laying really (well, hardly) so it didn't seem safe or make sense to keep them the layer feed. I knew it was bad for chicks and roosters but didn't realize for non producing hens too until someone told me. But now everybody is laying again which is why I'm switching back to layer feed. Plus I like supporting our local feed store better than TSC anyway. If I had a rooster or chicks though I would just feed one feed, probably an all flock/flock raiser or starter/grower.

    Yeah, I do like the higher protein because they get treats and free range sometimes so it keeps the protein higher and not watered down aha. Even their regular layer is 16.5% instead of 16%.
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Countries where soy is consumed more, people live longer healthier lives, so I do wonder where the no soy thing came from. Maybe someone will let us both know.
     
  8. KDOGG331

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    Wow really? That's so interesting.

    Now I'm confused and conflicted on what to do because I've heard it's bad but also now good
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

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    Buy what's easy to buy, and smells good, mine smells like I could pour some milk on it and eat it for breakfast, and your chickens should like it.

    I tried Dumor once from TS and my birds would not touch it. Also buy something that is fairly popular so the bags are fresh. One reason I don't feed game bird starter to my turkey poults is because not many people buy it and it tends to be stale. Nutrients leave a bag that has been sitting on a shelf too long.

    Your chickens should let you know if it isn't any good. As far as ingredients, do what makes you comfortable, not what everyone else does. Sometimes popular ideas make no sense to me.

    When we used to have a dairy farm one big ingredient in the cows daily ration was a heaping scoop of soybeans. They are high in protein, and lots of nutrients. Maybe one day someone will explain it to me.
     
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    Thanks for all the info/advice! That's a good point about buying a popular food!

    And yeah, you make sense.

    My latter post was more wondering about for people though
     
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