Why does Calf-Manna stink so much?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Alycia, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. Alycia

    Alycia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2008
    I used to feed my chickens Calf-Manna from Wal-Mart when the other feed was out of stock temporarily, and I stopped because it made their feces smell so darn terrible! Anyone know why it does? Maybe the amount of protein?
  2. catdaddyfro

    catdaddyfro Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 16, 2009
    Vernon Parish
    I would say the strong smell is caused by the vitamin cotent rather than the protien. Kinda like the strong smell that urine has when you take strong vitamins. Just as an example: just notice the smell some of your urine after eating a bowl of cereal like cheerios or corn flakes, because cereal is mostly vitamins and crunchy air. If it weren't for the added vitamins in it, cereal wouldn't be very nutritious anyway. Just very moving yaknow what I mean.

    Calf-manna is a good thing to be giving them ol' gals this time of the year esp. for molters.

    Chris09 beat me back here this morning. I woke up this morning thinking I needed to write in about the amount also. Yeah, what
    Chris said.

    Don't over feed it. It is a supplement for you to add with their reg. rations not a full-on feed.

    All the bycers here will get your back on any ques. They'll usually give you an answer or something. Might not like it but you'll get one or two or...

    Last edited: Nov 1, 2009
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    If you are talking about the Calf Manna supplement/Top dress ( little pink pellet ) It could be that you are feeding too much of it... A little gos along way with that..
    I wouldnt feed much more than 5 lbs Calf Manna supplement/Top dress per 100 lbs feed for say bantams and around 10 lbs Calf Manna supplement/Top dress per 100 lbs feed for Large Fowl..

    Last edited: Nov 1, 2009
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    It could be the soy. Check the ingredient label. Is the first listed ingredient soy meal, or something like that?

    I noticed a difference when I switched my chickens from a soy based feed to a fish meal based feed ... the stink went away (except for those cecal poops, however).
  5. Alycia

    Alycia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2008
    Lol. Thank so you much guys. This helps. I will keep it all in mind next time I think of getting my little feathery brats Calf-Manna. Haha.

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