For the first years that I had chickens, I went the organic and non GMO route. The chickens did not do as well as they should have. They do much better on Purina Layeena, especially now that the Layeena has been re formulated with pro biotics and better vitamins. I do not need to put out calcium for them when they are eating layeena.
Psst. lets keep this quiet....but I think a lot of the organic feeds are either a scam or not based on nutrition and science...Also, maybe check out the new organic line of Purina feed--They actually have Nutrition scientists working for them and they test the feed to make sure it meets their standard...
I do have hens that are super producers of eggs. I hatched them from Trader Joes fertile eggs. They are a cross of Hy-line 36 and Hy-line brown. Each breed lays in the 350 eggs per year range.
Well, all of my chickens receive organic, non-gmo, soy-free, corn-free, canola-free feed and are super healthy. The primary protein source in my feed is fish meal, with additional protein coming from spring peas. I never use pharmaceuticals to treat any of them and have several hens approaching 2 yrs of age that still lay 6-7 jumbo eggs per week. Since the desert environment doesn't supply me with much forage for the birds, I supplement with home-grown organically grown kale, Swiss chard, snap peas, shelling peas, sunflower seeds, lettuce and whatever native grasses that grow around my garden beds. I understand what you mean about organic possibly being a scam, but I've researched my feed supplier pretty thoroughly and feel pretty confident about the quality of what I'm buying. Since I eat both the birds and the eggs, I just want to ensure that whatever the bird consumes translates into healthier food for my family and myself.
Yes, but do I recall correctly that you get your feed custom ground/prepared a ton at a time? (Vs. buying a bagged organic/non-GMO feed from the feed store...)