Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by auntpeep, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. auntpeep

    auntpeep In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2010
    If I feed my chickens store bought crumble are their eggs organic???
  2. Nostalchic

    Nostalchic Songster

    No. Certifying anything as organic is really involved, but if you are feeding regular commercial layer you can't make even a soft claim that they are organic.
  3. Mak

    Mak Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    If you are feeding a certified organic feed exclusively, then you can say you feed certified organic feed. If they have access to outdoors and the land they are on is not certified organic, the chickens and their eggs cannot be claimed organic. As stated above, it is a long, complicated and detailed process to get certified organic.
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    If you're selling them you can say they are "all natural" , or if you free range you can use that term.
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Technically you can not clam that your egg are "Organic" unless you are Certified Organic.

  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Quote:That's not quite right. Under USDA regulations, if you are a producer grossing less than $5000 a year and follow the National Organic Plan rules, then you can sell products as "Organic" without certification, but not "USDA Certified Organic".
  7. dragonflydreamsfarm

    dragonflydreamsfarm In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2010
    Northeast TN
    Quote:This is not true.

    see the USDA NOP Fact Sheet

    "Producers and handling (processing) operations that
    sell less than $5,000 a year in organic agricultural
    products. Although exempt from certifi cation, these
    producers and handlers must abide by the national
    standards for organic products and may label their
    products as organic."

    However this doesn't mean you can just claim to be organic. As that says you have to have all the same sort of documentation that a "certified" organic producer would need you just don't have to pay someone to certify you. Non-organic feed will automatically disqualify so if that store bought crumble is non-organic then you cannot legally claim organic.
  8. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin

    To be Organic under the USDA rules, the hens have to be managed organically from the second day of life. That includes:

    Only feeding organic feed
    Allowing outdoor access
    All pasture that the birds use must have been managed organically for the previous three years (no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, no non-organic or GMO seed)
    All egg processing must be done using organic methods (no non-organic cleaners used on eggs or in egg processing areas)
    No medications, antibiotics, or synthetic pesticides for the birds (no Sevin dust, no commercial de-worming medications, etc.)
    Vaccinations are allowed as they are natural biological agents
    Pasture must be managed to continually improve the soils (not too hard with pasture, plant some alfalfa and let the birds fertilize it)
    Manure must be managed to not pollute groundwater or waterways

    And probably a few other details, but that encompasses most of it...
  9. auntpeep

    auntpeep In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2010
    Holy chicken Pooh:) that's alot of info. You all have really done your homework. Thank you so much. These eggs are for me and my family but we eat as much organic food as possible. I guess these eggs are much closer to organic than most eggs I can buy in the store. That will have to be good enough. Again thank you for the info.
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    If you aren't selling your eggs, it doesn't matter so much what the rules are for labeling eggs as organic. It sounds like you just want to be eating eggs that are organic or as healthy as possible. In that case, I would buy chicken feed that is labeled as organic. I wouldn't use chemicals on any areas that they free range.

    I would allow them to eat green feed, like grass and dark leafy greens, as well as foraging for bugs and worms. Eggs produced from chickens that are eating a diet that includes foods like that are much better for you than eggs from chickens on a typical grain and soy feed. You can search here or look at the Mother Earth News web site for detailed information on the differences in the cholesterol, fatty acids and vitamins in eggs, depending on what the chickens were fed.

    Meat from animals on pasture is also different in composition from animals on a feed lot eating grain. There's a lot of information on that online, too.

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