There are a large variety of chicken feed available on the market today. From the most expensive, premium-grade to the cheapest, corn and soy-based, you can find it all on the internet. Whether you are feeding chickens for food, for their eggs or as pets, it is important to know which type of bulk chicken feed is best for your needs.
One of the first things that you need to do before purchasing any type of chicken feed is to learn more about the animal you will be raising your chicken with. If you only plan to be feeding chickens for food, it may not be necessary to go through the expense of buying premium quality chicken feed available at your local feed mills. However, if you intend to raise chickens for their eggs or for pets, you will want to make sure that they get the best nutrition possible. There is no point in paying several hundred dollars for a bag of chicken pellets when you can save fifty percent or more by making your own.
Another important consideration is what type of food will your chickens eat? Although some people do feed their hens scraps from their own table scraps, it is important to learn as much as you can about the dietary needs of your bird. Most chickens require a protein rich diet consisting primarily of meat, grains and vegetables. In addition, chickens are very sensitive to additives and chemicals so even some common household items should not be given to them. Unless you want to feed your pet raw food products, including chicken scraps, it is a good idea to purchase and prepare your birds’ food yourself.