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    I was just pondering whether there is actually a benefit of using one flavoured dry food over another flavour? Eg. Lamb and rice vs chicken and rice. Or whether they're all basically the same?

    Koda is currently on Black Hawk, which has 3 flavour options (lamb, chicken or fish). I've always gone for chicken with every brand of dog food I've bought... not really sure why... just what I've always gone for...

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    Funny I always get the lamb, also for no particular reason.

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    I figure lamb is way more likely to be grass fed free range. Chicken is way more likely to be battery farm... not sure about the fish. As long as it's not bottom trawled from Thailand (slave labour and environmental destruction) - I guess fish would be ok - best fish would be the stuff (ground bits) from the salmon farms in Tas. They're not ecologically perfect but they're better than a lot of wild catch unsustainability and fibbing about what fish species.

    I think I will be going back to nutro natural choice - maybe lamb and rice if they have it - next time I buy a 20kg pack... which will be soon. Haven't been happy with the last two bags of black hawk. Too much crumbs or crushed kibble and finding the occasional bit of plastic embedded and she's started getting tummy upsets again. Time for a change. I can't be sure the tummy upsets are from the food but we didn't get them on nutro...

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    I've been pretty happy with black hawk so far. I believe they recently changed their packaging (and maybe the recipe too? Not sure). I bought a 20kg bag yesterday and this is the first time I've had the new packaging. Opened it today to find that the kibble pieces are a slightly different shape and they're smaller... Will be interesting to see if there are any other changes.

    You make a good point about the chicken, maybe next time I'll go for the lamb one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I figure lamb is way more likely to be grass fed free range. Chicken is way more likely to be battery farm... not sure about the fish. As long as it's not bottom trawled from Thailand (slave labour and environmental destruction) - I guess fish would be ok - best fish would be the stuff (ground bits) from the salmon farms in Tas. They're not ecologically perfect but they're better than a lot of wild catch unsustainability and fibbing about what fish species.

    I think I will be going back to nutro natural choice - maybe lamb and rice if they have it - next time I buy a 20kg pack... which will be soon. Haven't been happy with the last two bags of black hawk. Too much crumbs or crushed kibble and finding the occasional bit of plastic embedded and she's started getting tummy upsets again. Time for a change. I can't be sure the tummy upsets are from the food but we didn't get them on nutro...

    yes I have always avoided chicken for the same reasons. I favour lamb, and fish if I have an idea where it is from.

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    Black Hawk recently sold to a NZ dog food company who said they will keep production in Vic.

    I was fine with it when they were making relatively small quantities and selling out of small pet supplies shops and via dog clubs. The first pack I got was from someone's van who had collected it directly from the factory. Low costs.

    Not so sure when they went into the big pet supplies companies like Pet Stock that the quality was still there. I feel they expanded a little too fast.

    And of course - things will change again now that the NZ mob own them.

    I feel that the quality control with companies like Mars (owns Nutro and Advance and Pedigree etc) is much longer established and they have more incentive to run clean.

    But I can only go by what I see in the pack. I haven't done any content analysis to check.

    The black hawk chicken kibble was a bigger size and a paler colour than the lamb. The lamb was pretty tiny. The black hawk kibble was all relatively tiny compared to most of the bigger corporates. I read somewhere that small kibble helped prevent bloat but I haven't seen any evidence for that - given that people aren't sure what triggers bloat in the first place.

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    if your dog eats it no fuss, it's a good flavour

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