What brand of layer food is the best?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by montana girl, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. montana girl

    montana girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2007
    Kalispell, Montana
    My chickens are looking... blah. Other chicken owners in our area that are feeding the food from our local big box farm store... are also looking then. I even had a problem a few months ago with the layer pellets smelling STRONG of fermentation. They took the fermented bags back and gave me 4 to replace the two so I kept feeding that brand of food. (I think its Nutrena).

    Is Purina better? I know I would never feed my dogs purina dog food, but is the chicken food end of Purina better than the dog food end?

    I really want to find a good quality food, but am not sure what to look for.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. chocolate m'scovy

    chocolate m'scovy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2010
    Purina has pretty decent animal feed. I've never had a problem with its quality. We use Layeena pellets for our hens. (and chick crumbles for our babies...and Flock Raiser for our teens...) [​IMG] (And I don't see what's bad about feeding dogs Purina dog food?![​IMG] Ours have survived quite well on it! And try feeding our cats low quality generic cat food instead of Purina!!!)
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I've been using Dumor, Country Acres and Layena. I've recently switched to Nutrena, because it has "animal protein?, as I've heard its better for our girls. They've only been eating it now for about 2 weeks. They do seem to really like it alot. [​IMG]
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have been using purina sunfresh for around 6 years and have never had a problem.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2010
  5. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    We have been using Aslin Finch brand special layer pellets for our girls they really like the stuff. We shop at an Aslin Finch feed store so it's about a dollar cheaper than layena. I'm not sure if you have Aslin Finch feed available where you are but you could look into it and see if it's distributed to your area or not. [​IMG]
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    For the price, the very best $ to egg conversion is Egg Maker layer feed.
  7. jelmer

    jelmer Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2009
    I feed mine calf pellets way higher protien they lay much more
  8. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    Quote:We were feeding Layena from Purina but just switched to the layer crumbles from Kent. The girls seem to like it much better. As for the Purina dog food...we feed the ONE to our Brittanys for years but recently started having some issues. Did some research and found it to be at the bottom of the heap,just above Old Roy in nutrition.

  9. HeritageHens

    HeritageHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 9, 2010
    Quote:+1 for Nutrena. Bottom of the barrel for quality. I'm lucky that Ziva lived after eating that garbage (caused a vitamin B deficiency).

    See if Azure Standard delivers to your area. They have Magill Ranch Organic Cascade Starter, Grower, and Layer in 50 pound sacks. My local shop started carrying this brand because it is so good. Magill Ranch occasionally posts on BYC.

    It looks like Azure comes close to your area if not to Kalispell. Their site says one of the routes is:

    "I-90 from Ellensburg, WA to Missoula, MT and on east to North Dakota and Minnesota (North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa deliveries, and deliveries east of Missoula, MT have fuel/delivery charge because of the long distance. This is figured as a percentage of your order.)

    You would need to call them to see if they jump up to Kalispell from I-90 and you may already have someone in your area who is a drop point.
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2010
  10. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    I feed all of mine Flock Raiser and offer oyster shell to the layers in a separate container. They also get BOSS and sour oats for their plumage especially if they are molting.

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