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Best organic feed???

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What, in your opinion, is the best organic feed...whether it's starter or layer feed?? hu  What is the cost? The only thing about that is you can't control EVERYTHING they eat.... hhhmmm...Anyone feed their chooks all organic?

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The vast majority of feeds are local/regional brands.  There are only a couple or three that are available nation-wide: Purina & Nutrena & maybe Manna Pro (not sure if it is available everywhere or not).  I read labels and would not buy any of the organic feeds I have seen, even if they didn't cost nearly twice as much.  Poor quality of ingredients.  And I fairly strongly believe that organic is more hype than anything else.

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Tempe Feed and Tack sells an "organic" 50lb feed for $19.  No thank you!

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post #4 of 12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mahonri 

Tempe Feed and Tack sells an "organic" 50lb feed for $19.  No thank you!


Ok..so no organic for us. lol

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post #5 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mahonri 

Tempe Feed and Tack sells an "organic" 50lb feed for $19.  No thank you!


Most of the places I've seen it sell it for even more--$24-$26.

I don't shop for feed at Tempe Feed & Tack because all they carry is Arizona Feeds, which is pretty much garbage.  Aden's and Higley carry Kruse; Ray's carries Kelley's; Mesa Feed Barn & Marley Farm's carry Purina; The Feed Barn carries Manna Pro.  Most of the others carry only Arizona Feeds.

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post #6 of 12

I would check out Countryside online. The first ingredient is actually peas,unlike most other organic and regular feed which is mostly corn. Corn at times comes from questionable sorces. Round up,arsenic used on farmers crops.. Afterf I did much research/homework this is the decision I came to for my SILKIES.All is a personal choice,such as what we include in our own diets.Nothing is 100% the best. It is not all about how much  something costs as all feed can be cheap, med price, or expensive. Supply and demand and habits   of poultry consumer/owners dictate alot of what is available and what we are willing to pay.

post #7 of 12

Modesto milling in california sells organic chicken feed for around 20 dollars for a 50# bag.

www.modestomilling.com       they also sell in other sizes.  I would like to be feeding my chickens this feed, but it is double the price of the current non-organic pellets they are getting now, and I just cannot justify the expense.  My chickens free range in an area about 1.5 acres in size, with numerous fruit trees and a large garden.

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If I knew where I was going, I would have vision.
If I knew where I was, I would be grounded.
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post #8 of 12

I bought a bag of organic feed. I think the name was "naturwise", it wasn't cheap. But my chickens didn't like it! (feed consumption went way down) and I thought it did not smell as fresh and good and the nonorganic stuff I had been feeding them. So I gave it away.

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As a consumer  we must not forget that the supplier needs us too.If something is not right with feed or anything we purchase we need to notify them. It is not necessarily expected to be forgotten nor  have to drag back  such purchase into  the store/supplier . Call or revisit ,keep the conversation friendly but firm as consumer has  the right to pay  and get  services agreed upon and should the supplier/store  not meet your agreement they will  not know that you are  dissatisfied  if you go terminate association  with them and  not  notify them why you find it necessary  to  end  further business transactions  with them. This communication  can  only help any further transactions for you and/or any other  patron.
I did notice, just as  human consumable items, the word "Natural "does not always mean Organic. Marketing will push advertisements  to the max ,it can be  what  they can get away with legally. Consumable items for humans  ,pets,wild life ,livestock , etc,are at their  mercy . We can  arm ourselves with knowledge before we "put it in the shopping basket".


Edited by dianer29 - 11/8/09 at 5:36pm
post #10 of 12

I think most organic feeds may be locally produced?

I'm near Portland OR and I'm trying a new one from the Urban Farm store. It did cost more. So far the hens seem to eat it fine. 
They still prefer scraps and grain that I toss out to them.

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