Looking For Recommendations On Organic Layer Feed

Awestruck

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I will need to obtain some layering food pretty soon as my chickens are about 13 weeks now. Does anyone have good recommendations? I would prefer the soy-free kind.
At what week do I change over? I have 5 chickens that are 2 weeks behind in age. Do I have to feed the older chickens separately or can I mix in the layering food with the pullet food until all are 16 weeks? How does that work?
Thanks for all the help here!
 

Elyrian1

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I'd keep them on the chick feed until they start laying eggs, won't hurt them and it'll take out some of the guesswork for you, then switch them all over, I wouldn't worry about a two week age gap.

As for feed, I haven't found a soy free, store bought feed that was also organic... The options around here are surprisingly limited. Only one brand on the shelf is organic and its $25 for 35lbs think it's NatureWise something like that from Murdochs... Everything else at local feed stores works out to about the same rate per pound. So I started hunting... found a family farm not too far from where I live that sells excess from their grain mill deliveries at a much more reasonable price. I have yet to acquire any grain from them, waiting for the weekend when I can drag my muscular DH along with me to do the heavy lifting, but I would recommend you check around your area for options like that (found mine on craigslist of all places). Not only is it cheaper, but you get the added benefit of supporting other farmers and what not in your area. win win
 

Awestruck

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I'm in a co op with New Country Organics, and it sounds like a good deal because we will save on shipping (shipping for the layer feed I would order costs almost as much as the feed). However, the person who does the ordering is waiting on someone to place her order before they send the order in. I have not ordered with this co op yet, so I am not familiar with how it works. I don't know how long this wait is going to be, and I am going to need the food soon. I went to the web site and like I said, the postage for what I want to order is really high. So, either I will have to find something in the mean time, or wait it out for whenever this person is ready to order from the co op. I would rather just have something now for the chickens. I could be waiting a long time, I have a feeling.
 

igorsMistress

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In my area Azure Standard has drop offs every week or two. It's a simple online order and you pick the drop point.
 

Awestruck

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OK thanks for all of your replies. I will check the feed stores first, and will not be in a big hurry. I checked the Azure, and they do have a pick up point, but it is really far away from where I live, which is disappointing.
 

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Hi! Can you order just 1 40 lb bag with them? How did this work out for you?!

Not good for me, my chickens didn't like the feed and my stuff was left outside at the pickup location...in the rain. So I didn't order again.
I don't remember if there was a minimum order, I'm sorry.
I'm feeding Bar Ale non gmo that I can get nearby. It's what the girls like :idunno
 

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