Dr. Pol Healthy Start 18% Poultry Pearls Complete Starter Chick Feed, 6-lb bag

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Rated 3.4444 out of 5 stars
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About This Item

  • A non-medicated, hormone and antibiotic free starter feed provides natural nutrition for layer chicks.
  • Enhanced with prebiotics to support digestion and phytase to help increase the bioavailability of phosphorus—essential for soon-to-be egg-laying superstars!
  • Gently-cooked extruded feed with easy-to-eat shapes made to produce little to no waste.
  • Lightweight––30 pounds of Poultry Peals provide an equal number of feedings as 40 pounds of pellets.
  • Features a 20 percent higher caloric density compared to traditional feeds.

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Top IngredientsGround Corn, Wheat Middlings, Soybean Meal...Ground Corn, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings...Soybean Meal, Ground Corn, Wheat Middlings...Wheat Flour, Soy Protein Concentrate, Wheat Germ...Ground Corn, Wheat Middlings, Ground Oats...
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Questions & Answers

2 Customer Questions


Would this work for duckling? I’m told they need non medicated food. Wondering also about the size of this food for round billed ducks.
Answer by ChewyMay 25, 2021
This non-medicated feed would be the sole ration to laying chicks from one day of age to the onset of egg production (approximately 18 - 20 weeks of age). The pearls vary in size according to the weight of the bag, usually 1/4 in.

What is the Niacin Content of this feed?
Answer by ChewyMar 10, 2021
This feed has a niacin content of 108 mg/kg (milligrams per kilograms) as fed.

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9 Customer Reviews



Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By FitnessCookie on Oct 3, 2021

Loved this for my chicks

This spring I ordered 26 chicks of 7 different varieties from Murray McMurray Hatchery. I fed them the Dr. Pol Pearls for their whole babyhood until they were ready to switch to layer pellets. I've had chicks before, but fed crumbles. I like to feed pellets as adults, so initially purchased this food because I thought it would be an easier transition. The chicks loved it, and they grew into the most beautiful feathers, and they have all been incredibly healthy and happy. I appreciated that it wasn't dusty, always fresh, and easy to feed. I'll always get this feed for subsequent batches of chicks!


Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Spilled on Jun 25, 2021

Bag ripped

I noticed that the box was leaking food pellets. When I opened the box I found the 30lb bag of chicken food torn and spilled all inside the box. It looks as though the bag was cut but since I used my hands to open the box I assume it was sliced before it was packed. I find it hard to believe that the person loading this didn't notice it spilling. I'll probably stick to buying my chicken feed at the local feed store. It costs more but at least I don't get a half empty bag.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lumberjack on Aug 11, 2021

Chick starter food

Very impressed with the starter food for chicks. The pearls were much smaller then the adult food which is needed for the little chicks. Very impressed with Dr. Pols food.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Sammie on May 25, 2021

Cool pearls and no dust!

I was looking for a starter that my chicks could eat and not use as a dust bath. I love the pearls and not having waste but I might as well have waste because my feather friends do not want to eat it. My daughter and I bought chicks at the same time she fed hers a different starter and hers doubled in size, I believe it’s because of the difference in feed. I will not be purchasing this again.


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By KKimrey on Jun 17, 2021

Chick Feed has strong chemical smell

The smell is so strong my chicks would not eat the feed. Tried feeding it to my older chickens and they refused to eat it also. Since they would not eat the food, I offered to donate it to a local rescue farm and they refused it because of the smell.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MrsSeth on May 5, 2021

Where oh where ...

My chicks absolutely love this feed! I am so very pleased with it. There is absolutely NO waste ever and they gobble it up like no tomorrow and are thriving! I will continue with this feed and then switch to layer when the time comes. Where has Dr Pol poultry pearls been all my life? Thanks Chewy for always carrying the best pet products at the best prices!! Will always be a repeat customer!


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Brandy on May 5, 2021

I love Dr Pols feeds but...

First off, I feed my mini donkeys Dr pol feed and also my goats love his goat food but I started my chicks off on a purina crumble but quickly switched to Dr pols chicken pearls as soon as I could get my order. I mixed the old feed with the new to start with so no digestive issues due to switching but they sort out the dr pol and won’t eat it. I’m very disappointed


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Angie on Apr 30, 2021

Good food for chicks

My chicks are about 8 weeks old and seem to like this food (I started them on it at about 5 weeks old, they were getting a crumble). It took them a few days to adjust to it but after that they are gobbled it up. My only complaint is the bag is not resealable.


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Tsimon on Apr 19, 2021

Chicks don’t like it.

I love Dr. Pol and thought I’d give it a try. The pellets seemed a little big for my newly hatched chicks, so I tried smashing them. They were so hard! The chicks don’t really like it. They’ll eat it if that’s all they have but prefer my old brand.