I was thinking about trying Black Hawk so I have done some research.
I have personally talked to several people that have encountered major skin issues and/or upset digestion after trying the food. They went away as soon as they switched off it.
I was reading the About Black Hawk section of the site and it doesn't make sense.
"After an extensive period of investigation, which eliminated every dry food on the Australian market, she was astounded to find only one dry food using all the ingredients in her “Ingredients that matter” list. What’s more, the product was manufactured in Australian for a company overseas."
If it was being manufactured in Australia wasn't it available on the Australian market?
The product description says:
"Black Hawk recipes are scientifically developed by Dr Herb Hischke."
This man died in 2007 so not sure how he could have developed these recipes after 2007 when the owner started researching pet foods. At the very least it should be past tense and any new product offerings should be attributed to this man.
After reading all of this it sounds as though a current food recipe has been taken and rebranded for Australia.
It sounds like quality ingredients and good price but the above is making me very nervous about trying it. I'm finding the marketing material misleading and that is a worry.
Anyone else have any other similar concerns or experiences?
Most premium brand dry dog food is manufactured under licence by overseas owned companies like Mars and Nestles. Most of it is made in Australia but some of it is imported - some of the better stuff like Artemis and Canidae are fully imported...and really really expensive.
I imagine if the lady who set up black hawk - started looking in 2007 - then she found her recipes in 2007 when the guy was still alive. Or maybe because he died - she was able to buy the rights to his recipes from his estate. You'd have to email in and ask - they do respond.
Different dogs do react differently to different dog foods. There's rarely just one that all dogs can eat. There's even dogs that are allergic to protein - though what they eat - is a mystery to me. So if black hawk doesn't work for you - feed something else. Nutro - has a big range that allows you to do elimination diets ie there's varieties of Nutro with no wheat, or no chicken or no - whatever it is some dogs are allergic to...
If you want to have a look at whats available in the healthier stuff - the best choice is a mix of raw meat and veg - and this is available commercially or you can make your own and supplement with a food that makes sure the balance is complete.
The thing I like about black hawk - is you can find suppliers in Vic who are getting it directly from the factory to you... it's not been sitting around in some shop for ages going off. And those guys get to see what goes into it and the general processes connected with making it. And they feed it to their own dogs, so I'm happy to do that too - as long as she doesn't have any problems (skin / diarrhea) on it. So far so good.
Grain-free Dog Food Bowhouse - Naturally, Because We Care ....
the chicken and rice version - has bigger bits of kibble than the lamb and rice version. Don't know why there is a difference. It's still not as big as the nutro kibble - which worked better in the squirrel dude. The black hawk works ok in the bob a lot - but you can adjust the hole size of that.
It all makes good training treats until the evil hound inhales it and chokes herself.
Little bits of kibble are supposed to reduce the chance of bloat, but I don't know if that works.
I appreciate the response.
I have now sent the question about the recipe directly to the company :-)
I have heard back from the company.
They have declined to provide answers to my questions about the food.
Guess that makes the decision for me. Not comfortable buying from a company that aren't open to enquiry. Any other questions I have ask of other food manufacturers have all been given complete answers.
Thanks to those of you that gave responses on this forum :-)
I bought Black Hawk for camping, and no issues here swapping suddenly to dried from raw.
unfortunately, the dogs tend to find their own 'raw' when camping, which does cause issues.
Raw = huge dog turds
BH = smaller dog turds
Both inoffensive to smell
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