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amish neighbor sells feed, would that be ok to feed chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BrendaLea, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. BrendaLea

    BrendaLea Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    Hi, all,
    Our Amish neighbor grows and sells feed. We were wondering if anyone knows anything about this? Would it be ok to feed that to our chickens as opposed to the store bought stuff with all the ingredients? they feed their chickens their own homegrown feed..I'll have to find out what they put in it...we are going to start them out on starter from Tractor Supply first, of course, but we were wondering if this would suffice for their layer feed.
    thanks for any input,
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    I don't see why not. I would ask what the ingredients are and what the % of protein is!! I'm sure it's much better feed anyway!!
  3. 2 britts

    2 britts Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2011
    East Tn.
    I wish that I lived near an Amish community to purchase my chicken feed. Knowing that is probably 100% organic with no additives as they do not fertilize their crops with chemicals. I would say that you will have some of the best chickens around. Ask to see his and go from there.
  4. BrendaLea

    BrendaLea Out Of The Brooder

    May 11, 2011
    Thank you for your input. I'll ask what's in it and what % of protein is in it. We've been buying their eggs for years now and they are just wonderful!
  5. fargosmom

    fargosmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    If their eggs are wonderful I'd think their feed is fantastic. Lucky you!
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It really, really depends. It may be mostly corn and not much else or it could be awesome. The Amish do not coddle their animals; in fact, I'd say most BYC members may be a bit taken aback at how they handle their livestock. You'd have to see it, I guess.
  7. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    Quote:Very true, most would think it's crazy to have a pet dog in your house let alone make special treats for chickens. They also might not be the most knowledge about poultry nutrition.
  8. hannakat

    hannakat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Beaver County, PA

    We have a local farm auction where the Amish dump their used-up, livestock....not pretty at all. I've seen enough sick calves and wee goats to last a lifetime. [​IMG] I would think their feed is mostly corn. There's a local store that sells their eggs...I won't touch them with a 10-foot pole.
  9. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    I wouldn't expect that their food is any higher quality from any other feed store. I live by large communities of amish and I certainly don't hold them up on a pedastle.
  10. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Southern IL
    Quote:Why would you think that they are "organic"????? I would ask alot of questions.
    And all the amish I know use nothing other than sex links and don't free range them. I have seen alot of hens crammed into relatively small quarters, but do have 'outside' runs.

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