I have been reading over the threads on feed and have some questions. My last bag of feed was Nutrena and I ferment that feed. The chickens got half of their daily ration that was fermented over night and then dry added in an equal amount to make a mash. Never had issue with waste.. all was cleaned up. TS was out when I needed feed and I got the Dumore brand. It is "dirty" for lack of a better word. I feed crumbles and the Dumore is more a greyish color ad there is always little dark bits that float in the fermenting water. They also seem to need more [twice as much] of this feed than the other. I am not interested in Purina. I checked the Nutrena site and they do use GMO grains. I have some local feed companies that make their own, but concern is local farmers growing GMO type grains that would be used in the local feeds.
TS has organic but it is a bit more expensive. I see corn as first ingredients usually and soy also included and my understanding that in todays world most corn and soy are GMO. I do not think organic means no-GMO but in the ways the crops are grown. And GMO type grains allow them to grow and thrive in the organic conditions. And with abundance of GMO corn available is it safe to assume that deer corn and birdseed/squirrel corn these days is also GMO and now being fed to wildlife. Would love some clarification here..
Also.. if you are feeding a feed.. Nutrena and the rest.. that uses GMO grains... does that get passed on into the eggs, and offspring? Would assume might not want to eat birds fed a GMO feed. I am not interested in mixing my own feed and concern is any grains available would have some that are GMO and so defeat the purpose. Is it possible to mix a commercial feed with something else to offset some of the negative with the GMO grains? I do feed sprouted BOSS and also some oats that are fermented but feel the need a well balanced base.
I have 17 birds that 4 ended up being roosters. Will probably do something with two of the roos in time. We are about 12 weeks old now and my plan was to feed a basic flock feed and supplement with oyster. What protein percentage am I aiming for with a flock feed? What age should I make the oyster available?
I purchase beef suet to make feeder blocks for my wild birds. Can this rendered suet be used to feed chickens? I am in Texas so it would be a cold day treat. Not really wanting to do corn.