What is Special About Kalmbach Poultry Feeds?

Cute, fuzzy chick by flowers in a pan of chick feed

There are few things more rewarding than watching a flock of healthy, fluffy chickens peck around your yard.  This is especially true if you raised those fluffy girls from fuzzy baby chicks to happy healthy hens!

Why is Kalmbach Special?

The first few weeks and months of a chick’s life are directly correlated to that bird’s health and vitality as an adult hen.  A healthy chick grows to be a more productive laying hen.  Today, we are going to focus on the many benefits of our Kalmbach chick feeds and talk about some of the real impacts of choosing a high-quality feed for your chicks.

One of the most effective ways to keep your flock healthy and productive is to choose a high-quality feed that is formulated for your specific type of poultry.  Kalmbach Feeds has a great lineup of poultry products that will meet the needs of ALL of our customers.  We truly do have something for everyone.  Let’s discuss some of the great reasons why you want to choose a Kalmbach poultry feed for your chicks.

Chicks Fed Kalmbach Feed Gain More Weight with Less Feed

Proven results are very important to us at Kalmbach Feeds.  We want to make sure you are 100% confident in your feed choice.  We have fed and tested many different brands of chick feeds and we consistently find that chicks fed Kalmbach gain more weight with less feed compared to other feeds on the market.

What is feed conversion?

There is a term we use in the feed industry called feed conversion.  Feed conversion is simply the pounds of feed it takes for an animal to gain one pound of body weight.  Feed conversion and feed efficiency are related to each other.  A lower feed conversion number means the animal is more efficient (i.e., better) at utilizing the nutrients in their feed.  What does this mean for you? Better feed conversion saves you money! Remember this next time you price compare different brands – the true “cost” of feeding your flock over time is more than just the price of the feed bag, it’s also how far that bag will get you! 

How Much Better is the Kalmbach Chick Feed?

A comparison of the Kalmbach 18% Start Right Chick feed versus two major national competitors was recently conducted.  The results of that study showed that Kalmbach-fed chicks were better at converting their feed to body weight (p=0.037).  This means the chicks fed Kalmbach 18% Start Right Chick feed were better able to utilize the nutrients in their feed to gain weight compared to the major national competitors.  This saves you money!  In fact, it costs 15 to 20% more money to raise a laying hen on a competitor product than it does to raise a laying hen on the Kalmbach 18% Start Right Chick feed.

More important than money, the Kalmbach-fed birds appeared to be more prepared for their future job as laying hens.  In the first two months of egg production, the Kalmbach-fed birds laid between 35 and 120% more eggs than the birds fed the competitor products.  This is a direct testament to the importance of choosing a high-quality chick feed.  High-quality nutrition ensures the healthiest and happiest hens in the future.

What Makes a Good Chick Starter Feed?

Kalmbach Poultry Feeds are High Quality

All our Kalmbach Poultry Feeds are high quality products.  We only use the highest quality ingredients when making our feeds.  We have an entire team that works hard to source the best quality ingredients from trusted suppliers.  As an Ohio-based company, we also have the wonderful privilege of buying a large portion of our grain and protein sources from local farmers and suppliers. 

Our manufacturing team also works hard to make sure our products meet our quality standards.  We voluntarily comply with some of the highest quality standards in the industry and routinely conduct audits and testing to ensure all of our ingredients and finished products meet those standards.  Just open a bag of Kalmbach poultry feed and you can see and smell the difference!

Kalmbach Poultry Feeds are Fixed Formulation

What is fixed formulation?  Fixed formulation means that the nutrient profile and, most importantly, the ingredients used to make that feed do not change on a routine basis.  This means that each time you open a bag of feed, the product in that bags looks and smells the same!  Consistency in nutrition is one of the best ways to help your birds thrive.  Healthy birds live happier and more productive lives!

Kalmbach Feeds is Tailored Nutrition

The physiological process of growing and the physiological process of producing eggs requires a lot of nutrients.  Different types of poultry also have very specific nutrient requirements.  Laying hens need large amounts of calcium for egg shell production.  Broiler chickens and turkeys need large amounts of energy and lysine to produce body mass.  Ducks need extra niacin for strong legs.  Gamebirds need higher fiber and lower energy to stay lean so they can successfully flush.  There are many different factors to consider when choosing the right nutrition for your flock.  At Kalmbach Feeds, we have tailored our nutrition to meet the specific nutrient needs of different types of poultry.  We truly do have something for everyone.  Check out our great lineup which also includes Non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic poultry feed options. 

Kalmbach Feeds Has a 100% Money Back Guarantee

We want everyone to try our great lineup of Kalmbach poultry feeds.  These are great feeds and we are proud to put our stamp on each bag of feed.  If you are unsure about making the switch from your current brand to Kalmbach Feeds, take advantage of our 100% Money Back Guarantee.  If you don’t love the product, you can return it for a full refund. 

Keeping poultry is such a wonderful experience and the rewards are many!  At Kalmbach Feeds, we are always here to help.  If you have any questions about the nutrient needs of your birds, feed options, or general poultry keeping, please let us know.  We are so excited to continue writing about all of the topics that are important to you and can’t wait to continue learning about your flocks.  Stay tuned and thank you for choosing Kalmbach Feeds! 


Nancy Jefferson, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Jefferson has been a member of the Nutrition and Technical Services team at Kalmbach Feeds since 2013. She received her Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 2008 and has worked in the feed industry for over 15 years. She lives on a farm in Crown City, OH with her husband, John, and their children. Dr. Jefferson is a passionate poultry enthusiast and loves her chickens! Together, she and her family raise beef cattle and she keeps an ever-growing flock of backyard chickens.