Yesterday I drove a short distance to a local Amish feed store to buy Game Bird either starter or finisher for my mixed flock of Buff O, Welsummer and Speckled Sussex hens and roosters. The youngest are 6 weeks and the oldest 16 months. I supplement the feed with oyster shell for the hens. Unfortunately the owner of the store, a very nice older Amish gentleman, told me he had neither types of feed. I asked him if he had Chick starter. He told me yes and asked me how old my chicks were. I told him almost 6 weeks and he asked me if I have ever fed them hog feed. Got to admit that took me by surprise and rendered me temporarily speechless...a rare occurence for me as I usually have plenty to say. I told him 'no' and he said a lot of area people were feeding it to their chickens. I looked at the bag and when I saw 50 lbs for 8$ I understood why but then the big question popped to mind and I thought WHY? No way that hog feed could contain the same percentage of vitamins and minerals that chickens need to be healthy, could it? I mean, chickens aren't hogs and hogs aren't chickens. They have different nutritional needs I have to admit that I didn't look at the nutrition tag but I'm wondering if anybody has heard of anything like this and if you have hogs, what does the nutrition tag say? Naturally I bought two bags of Chick Starter as I knew it wouldn't hurt either my roosters or the hens to eat it and made my exit. But I'm still puzzled by the concept of feeding hog feed to chickens. Opinions please?