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Post by georget » 13 Sep 2013, 12:35

Im new to keeping hens having 6.... 8 week old chicks and i am confused over which brand of growers pellets to feed.There is such a difference in price between the cheapest and dearest,is there much difference in the quality?Ive always beleived you only get what you pay for.I can get Garvo pellets locally for £12.99 or I can buy farmgate for£7.50 20kgs Is the garvo worth the extra some people say the chooks dont eat as much if it is better quality I dont know..HELP :?:

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Re: which feed

Post by drfish » 13 Sep 2013, 13:11

They're all pretty similar in content, the only way to tell is to read the nutritional values of them. I always use Dodson & Horrell, so can't comment on anything else, but they've always been fine, and around £10 for 20kg.
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Re: which feed

Post by Diane » 13 Sep 2013, 16:44

I've used most of the different types over the years, including Farmgate and Garvo (when it was on offer)... and can't really find much difference. They free range in the garden during the day , with a handful of greens now and again...and in the winter they also get a handful of mixed corn each. With my pekins they get Smallholder as the pellets are quite small....but also because I can get that just up the road. Usually I go with what's on offer at the time. Chick crumb with anticoccidiostat up to 8 weeks....then growers pellets up to l8 weeks and then gradually change over to layers pellets. A bowl of mixed grit is always available.

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Re: which feed

Post by crazypianolady » 13 Sep 2013, 21:48

And consider that Garvo is expensive because it's imported. :)

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Re: which feed

Post by Henwife » 14 Sep 2013, 06:55

I would echo Diane's comments. They'll eat what they're given and thrive.
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Re: which feed

Post by cleggy » 04 Oct 2013, 06:36

drfish wrote:They're all pretty similar in content, the only way to tell is to read the nutritional values of them. I always use Dodson & Horrell, so can't comment on anything else, but they've always been fine, and around £10 for 20kg.
Same here, I do give then Marriages with Flubenvet every March and September
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Re: which feed

Post by sunnys » 04 Oct 2013, 11:13

garvo is good for pushing large fowl growers to max size-handy if you are into showing and have a breed that should be BIG. for laying hens I would use a standard (cheaper) growers pellet. you don't want max size in a laying hen-you want sensible size.
only time i have seen a drop in food consumption is when my birds really hate the food i have offered- which has happened with one brand (I stopped using it as my hens all stopped laying and made it plain they'd rather eat the hedge then THOSE pellets). normal good quality food -and the cheaper one you mention is good food- they stuff themselves like normal.

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