Which Feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kris64, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. Kris64

    Kris64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I buy organic feed and the company I purchase from has just added varieties. Which is best between: soy-free (starting with peas, corn, oats, wheat, etc) or soy and corn-free (staring with peas, oats, wheat, and barley, etc)?
     
  2. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why soy and/or corn free?
    Wouldn't hens enjoy this stuff in the food?
     
  3. TrialandError

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    As soon as mine get old enough I will be using soy and corn free. Right now I am using soy free. Only reason for going corn free also is cause I know I don't process it when I eat it and neither does my dog so I'm not going to give it to my birds.
     
  4. chrism

    chrism Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens don't digest corn and soy?
     
  5. TrialandError

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    No idea, but if people eat it it comes out whole. Maybe chickens process it different.
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Humans lack a gizzard full of stones used to grind hard foods such as corn and other whole seeds/grains.
     
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    Understanding the systems of a species and how they differ from the systems of other species can go a long way in helping to understand that what is right for one is not right for another.
     

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