RE: Organic feed- I feel like such a dummy, but oh WOW

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by moenmitz, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. moenmitz

    moenmitz Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    As some of you may recall, I have ranted and whined a bit about having to shell out $33+ for 50lb organic feed. This because our feed store wouldn't/ couldn't order anything but the organic chick starter (we needed turkey & duck as well) so I was left with buying it from MMH and driving to Webster City, IA (close to an hour) to pick it up. After 8 weeks of this, my DH happened to notice the label on the bag-

    Hmmm...we go to their website. Well guess what? They too are located in Webster City. I emailed them, and got THIS reply: (copied and pasted)

    Thanks for contacting us. We would love to be able to work something out for you.
    We can ship via Speedee or UPS. I would guess that it would run $8 to $10 per bag.

    Pricing on the feed:
    Chick Starter 22% $19.39
    Chick Grower 20% $18.85
    Broiler Finisher 17% $18.40
    Layer Complete 16% $18.30
    Premium Layer 16% $18.90 This has a greater variety of grains and Flax seed.

    Turkey Starter 28% $22.25
    Turkey Grower 26% $21.30
    Turkey Grower 22% $20.65
    Turkey Finisher 19% $20.10

    Duck Starter 24% $19.71
    Duck Grower 20% $19.14
    Duck Finisher 18% $18.75

    Organic Corn:
    Shell corn 50#/bag $13.50
    med. ground corn 50# $14.80
    Fine ground corn 50# $14.80

    We also carry fishmeal, kelp, argonite, mineral bases if you are wanting to put a ration together on your own.

    If you are feeding a larger number of birds we can also work with you with bulk totes or wagons, trucks. Let me know what you are thinking about doing and we will do our best to help you.
    Thanks for checking us out.

    Wow. I mean, of course I knew MMH had a markup, they do have to make a profit after all, but $15 a BAG? I mean, they are even in the same TOWN, so how much could they be paying for delivery? Heck, they probably have their own people drive over and pick it up! So, bouncing between lamenting over all of the money I could have saved (especially since I just picked up 7 bags of feed last week) and jumping up and down over all the money I WILL save in the future. [​IMG] At least now I should be able to lower the cost of the broilers I planned on raising from $100 per bird...[​IMG]

    Anyway, perhaps this info will benefit others in the Iowa area- or farther, depending on what you are already paying with shipping! It is REALLY nice feed too-we have been getting just the organic chick starter from the feed store, which comes from Purina, and frankly, it doesnt look real appetizing. Blue Stem's stuff is soft, fluffy, and sweet smelling-the birds seem to prefer it as well.

    So there ya go!
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    That's quite a mark up!! Glad you found the feed cheaper. Now you can save for more chickens, and ducks, and turkeys!!
  3. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    No kidding on the mark up! Good luck!
  4. utahmethodist

    utahmethodist Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    SLC, UT
    You're so lucky to have a source for affordable organic feed! We've got nothing like that here that I've been able to find.

    BTW, my husband is originally from Fort Dodge which I'm guessing is your neck of the woods if you're an hour from Webster City. We were in Webster City last month and it's a good thing I didn't know about bluestemorganic at the time because I would have had to convince my husband that finding room in our over-stuffed car for chicken feed and hauling it home 1200 miles was a fabulous idea. He already thinks I'm a little unbalanced. [​IMG]
  5. purr

    purr Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    wow grats to you on finding the feed for that cheap.I'm not in too bad a shape my feed store I've had for years orders me the organic feed and I only pay $25 a bag not great but not too bad either
  6. moenmitz

    moenmitz Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Definitely more birds. Must. Have. more.

    Utahmeth-you betcha- about 15 minutes North of Fort Dodge, in Humboldt. I see nothing unreasonable about your idea at all! [​IMG]
  7. utahmethodist

    utahmethodist Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    SLC, UT
    Hey, my grandparents lived in Humboldt for a few years when I was a little girl and I have fond memories of staying with them there. It's a small world after all.
  8. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Wait--Purina offers an organic chicken feed? I only ask because NO ONE here does, but my feed store is a Purina dealer, and could get me any Purina product I want. as long as it's something that's milled at (I think) the Oklahoma mill.
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    I think I will quite complaining about seeing bagged organic feed hit $13.50 for 50 lbs on the shelves around here. Buying by the ton does drop that price dramatically though.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD


    That's less than the NON organic feed just 90 min south!!!

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