Food is Love: Purina Giveaway

May 3, 2016

One of the ways that my family has traditionally shown and shared love is through food. This is especially true for my step-father. To him, food is love. For the past twenty-five years, he has nursed broken hearts with sundaes, healed sicknesses with soups, and celebrated special times with feasts. Love is always abundant when we’re gathered around the table. I believe the same goes for my chickens. Every time I feed the girls, I am showing them love. After all, they give the love back to me with the eggs they produce. Because food is such a strong statement of love in my family, I’ve given a lot of thought into which feed to give the girls. 

When I first started out with backyard chickens years ago, I read everything I could about keeping chickens. I had no idea what chickens ate other than bugs, grasses and plants they discovered when free-ranging. I was fascinated to learn that what they eat ends up inside their eggs.  It was exactly as the old saying went, “You are what you eat.”   After going to my local feed store and reviewing all my options for feeding my flock, I chose to go with an organic feed. I chose organic for a few reasons. Mostly, I believe that it’s what’s not in the feed that matters most. For that reason, I looked for a chicken feed with: no genetically modified ingredients, no animal by-products, no fillers, no artificial preservatives, and, like all chicken feed, no growth hormones.

A few months ago, I learned that Purina Animal Nutrition had announced a new line of organic chicken feed, aptly named Purina® Organic poultry feed. I was thrilled to hear this news. You see, after researching feed, I knew that Purina had a rich history dating back to the 1800’s. They have focused on studying livestock nutrition for over 100 years. I had a chance to tour their backyard coops at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Missouri last fall. When I was there, I was able to meet their team of nutritionists who study backyard poultry nutrition every day. I learned from them just how much love goes into each bag of their feed – from balanced vitamins and minerals for bird health to added calcium for strong shells and even added palatability to make sure the chickens enjoy what they’re eating.

After the research, it was onto the fun part – trying the product! Back in February, I received a couple bags of Purina® Organic layer pellets and a bag of Purina® Organic scratch grains. When I opened the bag of the organic feed, I know it’s weird, but it smelled really good. It smelled like a granola bar. The scratch grains looked amazing as well. I could decipher all the different types of grains from one another. It felt good to run my hand through it. I was impressed by the appearance. The ultimate test would be what the chickens thought of it. Immediately, I began to convert my flock over. The girls continued to eat, with no delays in feed consumption. This made me happy because it proved they liked the feed and that it tasted good.

I was thrilled that the flock loved the feed, because their feelings matched mine. I love that there are so many options for feeding our flocks but what I love even more is that Purina has joined the organic movement and listened to their customers.  They did their homework. They develop poultry feed and feed a backyard flock of their own at the Purina farm. I love that 100 years of their knowledge about raising and caring for chickens is “in this feed”.

Food is love, even for my backyard flock.

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Enter below to win a bag of Purina® Organic poultry feed.

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This post has been sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, as such I received feed for my flock and will also receive feed in the future to share my opinion with my readers. However, my opinions are based on my individual and unique experience; typically, Purina Animal Nutrition suggests changing to or starting a flock on Purina® Organic will result in optimum organic flock performance. Based on my experience in 2016, I believe this line of feed has been amazing for my flock and I encourage you to try it too!

Learn more about Purina® Organic Poultry Feed by visiting

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34 thoughts on “Food is Love: Purina Giveaway”

  1. I would love to try it! My hens are pastured, and I love that my eggs are healthy! I do supplement them with feed when the weather is bad, and organic would definitely be better than what I’m currently using!

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  2. I’d love to try this organic feed for my 22 hens because we’ve been thinking about switching from crumble to pellets and now would be a great oppertunity.

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  3. I love my chickens dearly and would love to have the opportunity to let my feathered jewels try this out. My cat thinks Purina is the best – maybe the chickens would too??

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  4. I’d love to find organic feed as most of what I eat is organic and the garden I grow is also totally organic, including the stuff I grow as treats for the ‘girls’. To have all their food organic would really be great.

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  5. I would love to try Purina’s organic feed! I have a growing flock of 16 whom I spoil with organic feed from aa not-so local feed store. I would love to try it out to see if they love it before buying it from our local Farm and Fleet.

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  6. I love for my little flock to free range as much as possible but with predators in the area I try not to allow much unsupervised roaming. Knowing the feed I am giving them comes from such great organic products I would feel better about their everyday diet.

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  7. I would love to try this organic feed as I really love my chicken girls and really want the best and healthiest food I can provide them with. TY so very much for this wonderful giveaway!

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  8. Deciding which Food to buy when I started with chickens was an important decision for me to make. I’d like to win a bag to try it.

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  9. I recently started keeping chickens and am looking for an organic feed that they like. Would love to try it!

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  10. I’d love to try Purina’s organic feed! Happy healthy hens start with quality feed and lots of love! <3

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  11. Very interested in trying Purina for the organic feed. I try to look for quality feed for my birds.

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  12. I too have been looking for an organic options for our hens. I like your description of the feed smelling “like granola”! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the opportunity to try the product.

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    • I have to say that Purina has listened to their customers and it took them years to do organic test marketing in the Pacific Northwest. It also took them more years to be able to source the feed ingredients from organic farmers too. Much research and dedication goes into every product they bring to market. Perhaps, you will give their organic line a try for yourself. I think you will be quite pleased as I was.

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