Organic chick starter? Grind up regular organic feed??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mom2mnem, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. mom2mnem

    mom2mnem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that possible? To just grind up regular organic layer feed? What would need to be added to it to make it into what the chicks need? I am having a hard time finding organic starter feed. :(

    Am I correct in remembering that in wanting to keep chickens organic, you cannot do the normal medicated feed?
     
  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is too much calcium in layer feed for chicks. If you only have a few chicks order some organic starter online from a hatchery or feed dealer. I know murray mcmurray sells it.
     
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  3. mom2mnem

    mom2mnem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, I see. hmmm... well, I can order some, but we may be picking up some chicks at Tractor Supply tomorrow. Can I make my own starter feed? I have the equipment to do it and will be hitting a health food store tomorrow where I can pick up extra things I might need.
     
  4. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am sure there are some recipes on this site. I would make sure they have a balanced diet so you don't get issues with them. I just feed nature wise non-medicated starter. The rest of their life is pretty organic, out on pasture.
     
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  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are raising certified organic hens, than they have to eat organic feed from the first day they start eating. Any chicks from TSC, are not going to be in that category because they have been eating regular GMO medicated feed. If you concern is just for the eggs they produce being "organic", than just switch them as they get closer to laying.
     
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  6. Christina726

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    I am about to buy this from Azure Standard. Look them up and see if there is a route close to you. You have to remember that you only order once a month though, so make sure you order enough. This is my first time raising chickens so I have no idea on how much to order!
     
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  7. chickeelina

    chickeelina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you get your hens certified organic? i think it would be great for selling off eggs at my local feed store!
     
  8. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To become certified organic is an expensive and lengthy process. Not only do the hens and every bit they eat need to be organic but your property must be certified as well. Unless you have 1000+ hens, you could never recoup your costs. If you are looking for a niche market, than just sell the eggs as raised organic, fed organic, freerange non GMO... whatever your market needs and can support. When your chicks come in the mail they have not eaten anything so if you feed them only organic chick starter, you essentially have an "organic" chick but all that goes out the window when they play on your fertilized lawn. Selling eggs legit typically requires licensing by the state even selling at farmer's market you must comply. Most of us fly under the radar by just selling to friends and family, maybe CL or an ad out on the road so we don't comply with any regulations.
     
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  9. chickeelina

    chickeelina Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting. Thank you!
     
  10. Craftygirl

    Craftygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was about to ask almost the same question and ran into this thread. I have been giving my chicks gmo starter non medicated food (Nutrena) But now after learning more, I want mu eggs to be organic eggs. If I start feeding them non-gmo layer feed before they start laying then my eggs will essentially be organic? So long as anything else they get is also organic?

    We don't fertilize anything in the garden and my chicks are in a run.
     

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