In spite of the fact we've had chickens since the spring of 2015, I still feel like a novice. Learning, or trying to, new tricks of the trade all the time. And trying to sort out the riff-raff from the authentic.
Recently I was exploring chicken feed through a chicken "expert" on Facebook. I still can't tell if this woman knows what she's talking about, although she speaks with a very self-assured quality. She brought up the issue of protein in commercial feeds and that often it was not sufficient. Huh.
I have been using what I thought was a quality product based on the advice from a fellow chicken-keeper at the local feed store. It's organic. But wait. The protein percentage is only 16.5. What the "expert" recommended was 18-20%.
In comes a chicken blogger who highly recommended Small Pet Select's Garden Goodness Layer. Crude protein: 18%. The first few ingredients listed: peas, wheat, oats, millet, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds. Looking good.
Take a peek at the comparison photo --
Joannie couldn't resist a little sample of the Garden Goodness on the right. All the chickens love it. No exaggeration. When I pour it into the feeder they pounce with gusto, something they've never done with the other product. The rub is the price. So I've been mixing it with the other product. I'm sold. I'm supporting a small family run business with a product that appears to be a nutritious option and one that the birds enjoy almost as much as their treats -- but of course nothing can top a good banana slice.