the best chicken food

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sunshinehs, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. sunshinehs

    sunshinehs Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone tell me please tell me what the best chicken food is?? I'm feeding my hens the crumble for laying now.should I switch to something different pellets maybe??
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I doubt you'll find any agreement on this subject. A lot depends on your goals and budget (e.g. I want to feed an organic, whole grain feed, so I'll be going with Scratch & Peck, but I don't think this is the only good choice).
     
  3. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thrilled to find Scratch & Peck feed recently! The girls love it and we feel really good about the ingredients. Can't recommend this brand enough.
     
  4. sunshinehs

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    Is that a food that helps with the eggs???
     
  5. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's a mixed whole grain food (not ground) so you can sprout it, grow forage with it, and use it like scratch. They do a soy-free version and a corn free-version. I just like that it's not processed.
     
  6. WendyF

    WendyF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to have parrots for pets. New to chickens. My question is will chickens selectively choose what they are consuming out of a mix like this, potentially causing deficiencies? That is a big concern with pet parrots & just wondering if chickens have that problem, too.
     
  7. RoosterLew

    RoosterLew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would love to feed organic. But I cannot justify the cost. Locally, "natural" feed that's non GMO but not certified Organic is $.30 a pound. That's good feed, that provides everything they need. Organic-$2.50 a pound?? Over 8 times the cost? Not happening!!
     
  8. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    The most expensive organic I've ever seen is under 75 cents a pound. What is the organic feed for $2.50/lb. made of, gold? That would be $125 a bag!
     
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  10. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You so don't want to know what I pay to feed my dog, LOL!

    But seriously, the feed I'm going with isn't anywhere near that expensive (though it is about triple what you're paying though). I haven't found any other feeds that are whole grain. All the other options are processed pellets or crumble which I'd prefer to avoid. I REALLY like the idea that I can sprout the Scratch & Peck too for even better nutrition.
     

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