Question on Producing Organic Eggs

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WyncoteChicken, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. WyncoteChicken

    WyncoteChicken In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2011
    Victorian Wyncote
    I want my chickens to lay organic eggs, so I am looking to feed them organically. I have a couple of questions:

    1. I bought medicated feed to start my chicks on to prevent coccidiosis. The chicken expert at the store said that the medication would be out of their systems by the time they got around to laying, so it wouldn't affect the eggs. Is that true/what are people's opinions on that?

    2. For those of you who feed organically, what do you feed your chickens?

  2. catterbug

    catterbug Songster

    Apr 16, 2010
    I buy an organic feed from a milling company. I found it by looking on the bag at the hatchery to see where they got their supply from. I also had my chickens on medicated feed as babies. Since I did, I cannot say that my chickens are organic because they had been medicated at some point BUT the eggs will not have been effected. By the time they lay eggs, the medication will be out of their systems.

    I don't ever plan on actually getting certified organic. I also will use medication if I get a sick chicken that could benefit from it. To have certified organic eggs means that the chickens have never been exposed to meds. Since my chickens get to free range all day and they eat organic feed, when people ask I tell them they are organically fed, free range eggs. I don't say organic eggs.
  3. wingsofglory

    wingsofglory Songster

    Feb 15, 2011
    Palmer Alaska
    Organic chickens have never been fed GMO products like soy, corn, or canola also. That is what many people are looking for - I do not want eggs from chickens who have been fed GMO food. That is included in the definition of "organic": no genetically modified feed during the life of the animal.

    Most corn and soy in the US is now GMO. And rice is being trialed - genetically modified to contain human genes. Wheat is next. A lot of Canola oil is GMO rape seed, canola is its marketing name derived from the phrase "Canadian oil".
  4. Quote:Sorry, but feeding any feed grade medication during the ENTIRE life of the chicken precludes the production of Organic Eggs according to the NOP and most private Organic Certification Organizations.

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