Organic vs. regular layer feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pjbarb, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. pjbarb

    pjbarb In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2008
    Can anyone give me some pros and cons?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Organic costs more in most places.
    Organic brings some peace of mind.

    I don't do organic, I do local. Reason, so what if your goods are organic, if you had to use fossil fuels to move those goods 10,000 miles to your plate?
  3. Chickenmagnet

    Chickenmagnet In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    My chickens eat less of organic feed.
    They produce much less waste AND
    their feathers are softer...and, believe it or not
    their combs and feet look less dry or scaly.
    Their poo is less smelly.

    The non org. has slaughter house floor scraps in it.
    Also the grain has less nutritional value when its non organic.

    The organic grain costs me $8 more per 50pound bag.
    Which breaks down to 26cents more per day in a month.
    If my birds ate 50pds a month which they do not. They eat much less.

    Also for the flock in Everett...Duvall and Snohomish both have feed stores that carry organic feed.
  4. Quote:Where do these lies come from?!?!

  5. GlacierNan

    GlacierNan In the Brooder

    Mar 22, 2008
    Organig Feed=

    No smelly poo

    More money

    Beautiful feathers

    It's worth it to me [​IMG]
  6. sugarbush

    sugarbush Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Lexington KY
    Organic is actually just a sales ploy.... has nothing to do with your health or the health of your livestock.... Organics is about the health of the planet. The grains and other ingredients are produced without man-made chemicals which are considered more detrimental to the planet.... From a nutritional standpoint the two feeds are no better than each other.

    If you are seeing better feathers and less feed from organic feed it is because they are mixing higher nutritional values; not because it is organic.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the source of protein can be the same for both feeds. Protein powder is extracted from dead animals in a processing facility..... The "non-organic" protein additive can be used in either feeds and the one can still be organic.
  7. Quote:This is not correct!!! The organic regulations are very clear, you can NOT have any animal by-products!!!

  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I know I could buy organic feed, but I do agree it is just a marketing thing and that it's healthier for the planet IF it is not trucked in from thousands of miles away. I just go with regular feed and don't bother forking over an extra 8 bucks since that would add up over the year with a half ton being eaten annually.
  9. horsechick

    horsechick Songster

    Nov 14, 2007
    Eaton, Ohio
    What is the name of that new feed that was supposed to come out, it was organic,
    Can't remember, if I think of it I'll post,
  10. Jashdon

    Jashdon Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Snohomish, WA
    I don't know about all this other stuff but in my limited experience, people are willing to pay more for eggs from chickens fed organic feed. With all the cancer and other health problems, people don't want to take a chance that the pesticides will make it into their systems, regardless of what the chemical companies claim.
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