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To Your Bird’s Health!
 
It’s easy to think “it’s only chicken feed” but what you feed your birds has a dramatic impact on the health and longevity of your bird and the color, flavor and nutritional content of their eggs or meat.
 
Chickens are the latest addition to our extended pet families. Market research indicated many backyard chicken owners were feeding organic feeds because they wanted a “healthier” feed for their birds. In reality, many of these feeds do not perform any differently than basic poultry feeds - they are simply made with organic ingredients that cost more. What the backyard chicken owner has been looking for is a natural feed that gives their feathered family members a long, healthy, vibrant and productive life.
 
Consumers typically define a Natural feed as being free of animal products, drugs and artificial flavors, dyes or preservatives.
 
AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) defines Natural feeds (or ingredients) as being “derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources, either in its unprocessed state or having been subject to physical processing, heat processing, rendering, purification, extraction, hydrolysis, enzymolysis or fermentation, but not having been produced by or subject to a chemically synthetic process and not containing any additives or processing aids that are chemically synthetic except in amounts as might occur unavoidably in good manufacturing practices.”
 
When formulating a balanced diet containing all essential nutrients, the problem arises that several vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids are only available in synthetic form. AAFCO acknowledged this dilemma by recommending “exceptions be made in the cases when chemically synthesized vitamins, minerals, or other trace nutrients are present as ingredients in the product, provided that the product is not a dietary supplement and that a disclaimer is used to inform the consumer that the vitamins, minerals or other trace minerals are not natural.”CalGrande-Poultry-Feeds(2)(1).JPG
 
There are a variety of natural additives (i.e., probiotics, diatomaceous earth, botanicals) available that promote poultry health but determining which ones, how much to feed and ensuring consistent consumption is a time consuming and often expensive proposition.  
 
Chickens are small eaters; their daily ration is measured in ounces, so it is imperative that their feed be balanced and nutrient dense. Consistent, quality feeds fuel growth, reproductive performance and egg production. While many people believe that a “free range” chicken can create a balanced diet on its own, it doesn’t - the primary benefits of free range are really exercise and extra Vitamin D from sunshine. A better choice for a balanced diet is a manufactured feed. Manufactured feeds can deliver consistent quality, increase nutritional bioavailability by as much as 3-5% and ensure consumption of all nutrients.
 
KingTM Feeds has created a new line of cost effective, Natural Poultry Feeds addressing the desires of the backyard chicken owner. Embracing the industry and consumer definitions of natural, we use the highest quality of ingredients to create a balanced diet that meets or exceed the daily nutritional requirements of chicks, broilers and layers and add AAFCO approved vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. The feeds are protected and preserved with natural antioxidants, natural “activated” mold and toxin binders and enhanced with the following proven, effective ingredients that promote the health, longevity and production of all classes of poultry.
 
Pre and probiotics
Prebiotics provide food and stimulate growth of “good” gut bacteria and improve feed utilization. There are many types of probiotics; many have limited shelf life or live bacteria counts. We utilize highly viable cultures of live bacteria that are efficacious, can survive the heat of pelleting and stomach acid. Studies indicate that our strains of live bacteria may be advantageous in the management of specific diseases in chickens by enhancing immune function and response. Additionally, they have been shown to affect a variety of production factors including: improved egg shell thickness, heavier egg weights, 
reduced cholesterol and improved egg yield.
 
Diatomaceous Earth
Many people are familiar with the use of diatomaceous earth as a natural way to control mites, however, when added to poultry feed, diatomaceous earth may enhance production including: better feed conversion and weight gains, more eggs and heavier, larger eggs containing more albumen and yolk.
 
Plant Extracts
We’ve incorporated a blend of plant extracts to encourage feed intake and improve performance. Studies demonstrate that birds are healthier and heavier when fed this botanical blend than those on feeds enhanced with drugs or essential oils. This powerful blend of plants also effectively replaces the use of antibiotic growth promoters routinely used in starter feeds allowing a natural 
starter feed that has no withdrawal period prior to egg or meat consumption. Egg yolks will also have a deeper, richer yellow color.
 
Enzymes
Large poultry production facilities have drawn the attention of environmental groups due to soil contamination as a result of excessive nitrogen and phosphorus from chicken waste.  With chickens close to our family’s daily activities, the same concern exists.  Naturally occurring enzymes added to feed have been proven to reduce the environmental impact of poultry waste and improve the bioavailability of the feed, producing a healthy and eco friendly compromise.
 
KingTM Natural Poultry Feeds simplify and improve the cost effectiveness of caring for your backyard birds. Go Natural! Enjoy more color, more flavor and happier, healthier chickens!
 
While not every feed manufacturer monitors research, keeps their feeds updated or locks their formulas for consistent quality and performance, KingTM Feeds does. KingTM Feeds is a division of the L.A. Hearne Company; a 4th generation family owned and operated mill in central California. Since 1938, quality has been our number one ingredient. We are pleased to offer 5 lines 
of feeds to address the increasingly diverse needs of the backyard and commercial poultry market including our Essentials, Natural, Fre
edom, Organic and Pro-Am Show feeds.
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KingTM Feeds, 512 Metz Road, King City, CA 93930. www.king-brand.com 800.253.7346
 
 
 
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there is something you don't address in your ad.  nothing about pesticides.  this is a huge concern for people who grow organic crops in their backyards, and who want their chickens to eat organic feed.  it almost feels insulting that you expound on how awesome your product is, and how natural, but you completely ignore the concept of pesticides.  my guess is, if you didn't use pesticides on the crops you produce for your feed, you would have mentioned that.  joy

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there is something you don't address in your ad.  nothing about pesticides.  this is a huge concern for people who grow organic crops in their backyards, and who want their chickens to eat organic feed.  it almost feels insulting that you expound on how awesome your product is, and how natural, but you completely ignore the concept of pesticides.  my guess is, if you didn't use pesticides on the crops you produce for your feed, you would have mentioned that.  joy

With all due respect, I think Jenn011 did (organic = pesticide-free):

"Since 1938, quality has been our number one ingredient. We are pleased to offer 5 lines 

of feeds to address the increasingly diverse needs of the backyard and commercial poultry market including our Essentials, Natural, Freedom, Organic and Pro-Am Show feeds."

Edited by Back2Roots - 5/1/12 at 5:19pm
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Can you tell us about how much your feeds cost?
 

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1 Awesome Husband, 8 Wonderful Kids, (down to 1 under 18)   Pair of Marans, Lots of Crele OEGBs 1 EE 1 Speckled Sussex, 2 Dominique, 1 Welsummer and a few barnyard mixes  

         http://www.etsy.com/shop/somadlyinlove

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Joy

 

The Natural feed definition by AAFCO does not require that the ingredients be free of pesticides or organic which is why we didn't mention it in the article.  We realize that many people have concerns about pesticides, gmo grains, soy, etc. which is why we offer a variety of poultry feeds.  Organic is the way to go to ensure the ingredients are pesticide and gmo free.  Our organic line is USDA certified 95% organic and contains many of the health ingredients that we include in the natural line.  We also have a new Freedom line that is gmo and soy free.  Sandy

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Each retailer sets their own price, however, a good ball park for the Natural layer feed is around $21-$22 for a 50# bag.  Sandy

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"...they are simply made with organic ingredients that cost more."

 

That sentence makes me think that the company believes I am a complete moron for making a choice on how or what I feed my animals or family. Natural and organic are used incorrectly by 99% of companies in all markets because the terms are unregulated. The AAFCO merely has the definition and my college chemistry professor says heat is a chemical process so I'm not sure what they are trying to get across there. So they scoff at organic saying it is the same as another product but decided they wanted the profit so they made their own line.

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4 ISA Brown chicks, 4 Easter Egger chicks, 1 Peking duckling, 1 Indian Runner duckling, 1 Buff orp chick, 1 RIR chick, 1 SLW chick, 2 kids under 6, one overworked husband.

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KingTM Natural Poultry Feeds simplify and improve the cost effectiveness of caring for your backyard birds. Go Natural! Enjoy more color, more flavor and happier, healthier chickens!

 

I would like to how one can call a poultry feed "natural" when it contains no animal proteins, since when did chickens become herbivores/vegetarians? The last time I checked chickens were OMNIVORES and eat both plant and animal material as their primary food sources. I would think since chicken are omnivores a "natural" diet/feed would contain at least animal protein.

 

Chris

 

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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Agreed that the sentence about organic feeds giving the same health benefits but just costing more is ridiculous. Likewise is the sentence suggesting that chickens can't find a balanced diet on their own!

I'm new to chickens, but not to common sense. If the birds didn't know how to feed themselves they would not exist in the first place. And for me, as well as others I assume, buying organic is less about what my chickens eat and more about supporting sustainable agriculture. Dumping thousands of pounds of glyphosate on a crop is not sustainable and is already making roundup nearly useless.

It is clearly an advertisement anyways. Ads are fact based only right?
Edited by PDXcluck - 5/2/12 at 1:24pm

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For got to ask this in my last post, is "King Feed" a member of the Safe Feed/Safe Food Program? If not then why not?

 

 

Chris

 

NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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NPIP # 31-516
Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities http://sppa.webs.com/

Breeding Large Fowl Single and Rose Comb Rhode Island Reds to APA Standard


"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares." – 

George Washington

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