What is the healthiest brand of feed for chickens? What do you recommend?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by flockoffour, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. flockoffour

    flockoffour Chirping

    Jun 28, 2012
    West Coast
    I currently use Layena, but I have heard that it doesn't have a lot of calcium and they use a lot of corn, although I could not find a list of ingrediants on the bag. What food do you use/recommend?

  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    To hit on Layena first,
    Layena has a good amount of Calcium in it, Corn is used in poultry feed because it is a good source of a highly digestible dietary energy. What it Layena doesn't have is a source of animal proteins.

    As for the, "healthiest" chicken feed, that would depend on the age, sex and type of chickens you have.

  3. I ordered some DuMor and it should be here soon (it's a 5lb bag). However...a hatchery was going through a town close to us today, so we bought chicks on a "spur of the moment". Therefore, none of our supplies had arrived yet (so yes, we'll end up with double everything, lol).

    The place where we got the chicks sells this stuff so we got a bag:
    http://www.mfa-inc.com/Portals/0/Feed/Chick and Fryer A Crumble Medicated.pdf

    Someone there has been feeding it to their chicks for years and never has had a problem. They also use the MFA feed for their chickens up into adulthood (different recipes as the chicken ages):


    I don't know if this is good feed or not but it was highly recommended by someone there where the chicks were being sold.

    Maybe someone who knows what they're talking about (like Chris and several others here) will chime in and post a review of this one for us. It seems to be widely available as far as I know.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  4. flockoffour

    flockoffour Chirping

    Jun 28, 2012
    West Coast
    Thanks forr the advice evryone, any more opinions would be greatly appreciated.

  5. Darkwings

    Darkwings In the Brooder

    Aug 9, 2012
    Atascadero, CA
    I have used Nutrena's Nature Wise line for many years. As Chris09 said, it depends on your birds but I have had great luck using their Medicated Chick start until 8 weeks, then switching to the All Flock and feeding that up until they get close to laying and then using Lay Pellets. I have never had or heard of an issue with their feed and I work for a retail business that carries Nutrena products. I did recently switch my layers to Organic Pride lay pellets. I haven't noticed any difference in egg production. I only switched because my customers wanted organic and were willing to pay extra. Hope this helps and a link too. :)


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