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I want my chickens to lay organic eggs, so I am looking to feed them organically. I have a couple of questions:

1. I bought medicated feed to start my chicks on to prevent coccidiosis. The chicken expert at the store said that the medication would be out of their systems by the time they got around to laying, so it wouldn't affect the eggs. Is that true/what are people's opinions on that?

2. For those of you who feed organically, what do you feed your chickens?

1 Plymouth Barred Rock, 1 Welsummer, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Silkie Bantams (1 white pullet & 1 buff roo), 1 Partridge Rock, 4 Ameraucanas, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, a Columbian Wyandotte Rooster, 2 cats, and an Irish Setter.

And probably more to come...
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1 Plymouth Barred Rock, 1 Welsummer, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 Silkie Bantams (1 white pullet & 1 buff roo), 1 Partridge Rock, 4 Ameraucanas, 1 Rhode Island Red, 1 Silver Laced Wyandotte, a Columbian Wyandotte Rooster, 2 cats, and an Irish Setter.

And probably more to come...
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I buy an organic feed from a milling company.  I found it by looking on the bag at the hatchery to see where they got their supply from.  I also had my chickens on medicated feed as babies.  Since I did, I cannot say that my chickens are organic because they had been medicated at some point BUT the eggs will not have been effected. By the time they lay eggs, the medication will be out of their systems.

I don't ever plan on actually getting certified organic.  I also will use medication if I get a sick chicken that could benefit from it.  To have certified organic eggs means that the chickens have never been exposed to meds.  Since my chickens get to free range all day and they eat organic feed, when people ask I tell them they are organically fed, free range eggs.  I don't say organic eggs.

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Organic chickens have never been fed GMO products like soy, corn, or canola also. That is what many people are looking for - I do not want eggs from chickens who have been fed GMO food. That is included in the definition of "organic": no genetically modified feed during the life of the animal.

Most corn and soy in the US is now GMO. And rice is being trialed - genetically modified to contain human genes. Wheat is next. A lot of Canola oil is GMO rape seed, canola is its marketing name derived from the phrase "Canadian oil".

Buff Chanteclers, Gold Brabanters, Cream Brabanters, Blue Ameraucanas, EE
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Buff Chanteclers, Gold Brabanters, Cream Brabanters, Blue Ameraucanas, EE
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Originally Posted by WyncoteChicken 

I want my chickens to lay organic eggs, so I am looking to feed them organically. I have a couple of questions:

1. I bought medicated feed to start my chicks on to prevent coccidiosis. The chicken expert at the store said that the medication would be out of their systems by the time they got around to laying, so it wouldn't affect the eggs. Is that true/what are people's opinions on that?


Sorry, but feeding any feed grade medication during the ENTIRE life of the chicken precludes the production of Organic Eggs according to the NOP and most private Organic Certification Organizations.

Husband, Father, Livestock Nutritionist, Farmer
 

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