Can I downgrade my feed in winter from GMO/soy free to regular feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by appellativo, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. appellativo

    appellativo Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2014
    Its my first year with chickens. I buy the GMO and soy free pellets which are about ten dollars a bag more expensive than the regular feed. It would save me a little to go the regular/cheaper route during the winter. Any disadvantages to this? I would start them back up on regular feed again in the spring. I will also feed cracked corn and scratch this winter and it probably won't be gmo free! LOL
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Besides cost, what is the reason? Why did you choose this feed to begin with? I am really struggling to understand making such a change if you are committed to a particular feeding philosophy, but only seasonally.
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Welcome! It won't hurt your birds at all either way, but I'm also wondering why the seasonal variation.
  4. appellativo

    appellativo Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2014
    I'm trying to figure out what I want to do. If I'm eating the eggs, I would rather my birds be passing on superior nutrition to me and my family. But if we are not eating our eggs in winter, I'm wondering if it would be worth it to switch to a cheaper feed while we are not eating the eggs. I suppose I have to weigh what is more important; cost, or why I avoid GMO in the first place (genetically modified foods). Hybrid breeding of produce is okay, while manually splicing genes from entirely different organisms (animals and produce that the original food would never crossbreed or polinate with!) is not desireable. Organic foods are more nutritious than their conventionally grown (ie chemical pesticides and fertilizers with minimal nitrogen and phosphorus compounds instead of the full range of nutrients in composted and organically fertilized and grown crops). I myself buy organic when I can afford it and when its available but I have to resort to cheaper, GMO groceries myself sometimes. So am I making an ethical compromise by doing the same for my birds? Help me out with your opinions.
  5. matt44644

    matt44644 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    IMO I would keep the method the same instead of going back and forth .
  6. LakeMomNY

    LakeMomNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2014
    My advice:

    Focus your resources on the food you eat directly. Don't feed your birds organic/gmo free until you and you family are eating 100% organic/gmo free.

    The foods you are eating directly will have a far greater impact on your and you family's health than the birds' diet will.

    Now, if you are making an income off the birds, that might change my answer, but from your post, I don't believe you are.
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  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I agree. Unless you are all eating totally organic feeds, don't worry about the chicken feed. Get them a quality balanced ration, and free range as much as possible, and enjoy fresh high quality eggs and meat, from birds who have better lives than most. Mary
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  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    This is a great way to look at it.

    Sounds like you're not expecting your birds to be laying during the winter? My production hens always lay the first winter, then take breaks after that.
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    All a matter of opinion , as usual. Do what's best for you.

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