Non GMO Feed, and is Purina GMO?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Farmboy1200, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Farmboy1200

    Farmboy1200 In the Brooder

    Dec 4, 2013
    Hi guys!
    I am looking for a NON GMO feed that is organic and and healthy for my chickens. I buy Purina Scratch Grains and Purina Layer Pellets at my local Tractor Supply Co. I have no way of telling if Purina is Non GMO. I am eating GMO eggs and I am feeding them GMO feed, which makes them GMO chickens.[​IMG] Maybe I should just try growing my own? Please recommend an organic Layer Mash and corn!


  2. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Songster

    May 30, 2007
    Yes, Purina uses GMO corn and soy which mean there is a percentage of glyphosate (herbicide) in their feed. Until the voice of outrage is louder than the power and $$$ of the chemical companies GMO will be in practically everything. Organic feed is insanely expensive. If you can afford it, then do it. Most folks can't, though.

    For those who don't know, GMO stands for genetically modified organisms. The chemical companies essentially alter the genetic makeup of seeds by inserting foreign DNA material (non-plant DNA) which makes the plant resistant to the chemical herbicides that they sell. This way farmers can heavily spray food crops with herbicide to kill the weeds. The crops absorb the poison into their cells, but don't die. The chemical that is absorbed can't be washed off, btw.
  3. flickerloo

    flickerloo In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2013
    NW Washington
    You don't list your location, so I don't know if you can find this where you are.... Scratch and Peck was the first certified non-GMO feed. They are located in NW Washington. They also have a website and you can order online.
  4. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    Hi I found a great source for organic feed that ships so it does not matter on your location. It's called country side organics. All their feed is NON GMO and soy free. My girls love it.go to their website online and just take a look at the wonderful ingredients and probotics in their food. All organic and non GMO. They are located in VA and they ship to me in CA. The website is I urge you to take a look at their feed. All certified USDA Organic. My girls love their feed!!! Hope this helps
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
  6. CHIARA10

    CHIARA10 In the Brooder

    Feb 27, 2015
    Thank you so much for the New Country Organics link!
    I do love Scratch and Peck for my girls (my family has soy and gluten allergies, so we have a tough time finding feed for the girls that works for us, too); but they are so expensive for a little amount after shipping.

    This product looks great for our needs and is 1/3 less the price! I'm so happy to have seen your post since we have three very big girls (Brahmas and Jersey Giant) who eat a TON, especially coming into winter!
  7. avg126

    avg126 In the Brooder

    May 11, 2016
    Thank you so much for sharing link for New Country Organics, just ordered a bag to see if my girls will like new feed :)
    P.S. I am also crazy for Silkies...

  8. Of it is non-gmo, it will say so. If it is organic it will also say so. Those are both big selling points ao I promise they wouldn't miss the opportunity to label it as such!

    I didn't read all the responses, but just wanted to share that in labeling terms.... ORGANIC does NOT mean non-gmo and vice versa, non-gmo does NOT mean organic. [​IMG] So you can have one, both, or neither. If you want organic, non-gmo than you must buy it labeled as such. My LFS sells them all. The organic, non-gmo is usually higher priced and often comes in 40# bags instead of 50# (not always).

    Please be careful about growing your own. Many people don't realize the feeds are formulated to give the correct amount of nutrients and end up doing more harm than good for their chickens. Also, not all gmo's and organics are created equal. For example, cyanide ans arsenic are both organic but deadly. And some gmo's are simply cross pollinating different types of plants, which could totally happen in nature... So my suggestion is do your best with the knowledge you have and adjust a needed. Costco caries organic layer at a very good price, Not sure if it's non gmo or not. I don't use layer feed since I have different ages and genders. So I stick with grower, which I have never yet found organic or non gmo. So if I choose to go that way, probably has to be an unmedicated starter. I haven't made that commitment yet, since I don't even buy all my stuff that way. As a disclosure, I am not against organics or for gmo's... I just understand that there are many layers of understanding and jumping on any bandwagon is not for me. People, drinking a glass of wine a day if you don't like it probably won't make you live longer if your unhappier doing it. And I like milk chocolate. If I eat the dark stuff I might as well be stubbing my toe. [​IMG] When I stub my toe, bad hormones flood my body trying to cause me mental health problems which would lead to over all poor health. Again, I am only making examples.... so please don't jump my case. Just having conversation.

    I suggest sprouting barley for fodder over growing corn. Corn takes a lot of land and water but doesn't have as many nutrients. I am barely starting, but it sounds very interesting and doable. I hope I helped some instead of just adding confusion or contention. Neither are my intention.

    Best wishes!
  9. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Ok, AGAIN Organic has no GMO. Please don't keep spreading mistruths. Perhaps you are speaking of the 5% non organic ingredients, but you are implying organic grains are GMO & they are NOT!
  10. That WAS my understanding. I have no intentions of spreading mis truths. I looked it up, instead of relying on conversations had with people who were supposed to be trusted and reliable sources, since you indicated I may be misinformed. [​IMG] Thank you for getting my understanding corrected. Certified organic is non gmo. But non gmo is not necessarily organic. All the labeling and what term is or isn't regulated get's very misleading AND confusing!

    I know you didn't say anything about my claim that organic does not mean safe, and I will stand by that.

    AGAIN, thank you. This is a learning forum and that is why I am here as well, to learn! [​IMG]

    BTW, I also am checking out the link to countryside organics to see if it might be affordable to me.
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by