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What do you feed your Great Pyrenees?

Discussion in 'Livestock Guardians' started by Green Acres Farm, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Jan 6, 2017
    Green Acres Farm

    Green Acres Farm Loving the herd life

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    Curious to what everyone feeds their Great Pyrenees LGDs. Thanks!
     
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    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/best-dry-dog-foods/

    I feed mine a mixture of 2 feeds. The vary between 4-6 brands. mostly depends on sales/price/availability. Right now the combination is 4 Health turkey & potato http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/4health-dog-food-dry/
    with Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe (Adult) w/life bits. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/blue-buffalo-dog-food-wilderness-dry/

    The other 2 primary brands I alternate with are Pure Balance chicken & brown rice http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pure-balance-dog-food/
    and Rachel Ray Nutrish zero grain http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/rachael-ray-nutrish-zero-grain-dog-food/

    I've also used; Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/earthborn-holistic-primitive-natural/
    and Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/taste-of-the-wild-dog-food-dry/

    Another brand I used to mix in was Purina Pro Plan Focus (don't use any more) http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/purina-pro-plan-dog-food-dry/
     
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    NH homesteader

    NH homesteader True BYH Addict

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    Wow is feeding a dog complicated! Lol I do not have a LGD but I do love Taste of the Wild!

    My dog with higher protein needs I used to mix puppy food with regular, and my other dog got the regular only. Now I use Rachel Ray's food and give the more energetic, hunting dog, eggs, organs and cottage cheese, etc for extra protein.

    Like I said not a LGD but dog food nonetheless.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2017
    bonbean01

    bonbean01 Herd Master

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    Well...I feed my dog ordinary dry dog food...but...I cook for her in the winter...LOL...yes...make a week's worth at a time and put it in containers for morning feedings (I feed twice a day)...combination of deer, chicken and fish with eggs, carrots and peas, creamed wheat and oatmeal. If there is not much fat and it is really cold...I add some bacon fat that I saved...sounds crazy, but she loves it and goes crazy happy when she sees me coming with a container of "her" food ;)
     
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    OneFineAcre

    OneFineAcre Herd Master

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    Retriever High Protein from Tractor Supply.
     
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    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    We were buying Victor dog food, but they stopped eating it in favor of the cheaper Tractor Supply Retriever dog food. We fed the neighbors dogs while they were out of town and our dogs went nuts for the cheaper dog food. So we bought them some and they still like it. I figure they will tire of it and we'll go back to Victor. I like the Victor better, they have MUCH smaller piles of poop.

    http://victorpetfood.com/products/dog/victor/professional/

    When I cook sausage or chicken fried steak or other meats, they get the pan drippings over their food. Tonight they got a quart of canned chicken backs, with broth, split between the 2 of them, over their TSC dog food.

    Sometimes they also get scrambled eggs-they love them!
     
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    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother True BYH Addict

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    1. Pro Pac mini chunks and 4-health. Tonight, because we have unusually cold weather for our area I cooked a little bonus so they could have a warm meal. Made a pot of rice and added a dozen eggs and about a half cup of lard along with some leftover roast. Also in the colder weather they eat about half again as much in volume as they usually do.
    No idea why there's a 1 at the beginning of my post. Just proves that posting from my phone stinks!
     
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    bonbean01

    bonbean01 Herd Master

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    Baymule...if you have an abundance of eggs...which we do...it is great to cook or scramble them for the dogs! Not just the LGD, but house pets too :) Stretches the dog food with a high protein!
     
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    Bruce

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    I fed Merlin what he and his family of Pyrs ate: Sportmix Wholesomes Fish meal and Rice. For some reason he also thought he should eat the alpacas' pellets from their "treat feeder". I don't know what would be in there that would interest a dog but I didn't let him. The boys don't get very much as it is.

    He did get excited about the Earthborn Primitive Feline that our 3 indoor cats would NOT eat. $15/$16 for 4 pounds. I got tired of adding it to the chicken's morning "snack" of kitchen scraps. Figure it was kinda stupid to feed it to chickens when 50 pounds of chicken feed is $3+ less than the price of that 4 pound bag. It is still a lot more expensive than the Sportmix ($33/40 pounds) but at least it is a LITTLE closer in price per pound. I dumped about 3 pounds of it into the can that had his food and mixed it in.
     
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    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    Hey @bonbean01 great to have you back! Seems like you've been gone for an age. Hope all is well with you and yours.