Organic Chicken Feed

Why would we want to feed our chickens GMO products, which is most likely what processed chicken feed is made out of, when studies show that rats fed a diet of GMO corn get cancer tumors?   See Natural News to find out more about this study.

Instead we need to make our own feed not just for healthier chickens, but for healthier eggs, and a healthier us. That’s why we are doing this in the first place, right?

Greener Pastures Farm has this recipe…

2 parts whole corn (in winter this is increased to 3 or 4 parts)
3 parts soft white wheat
3 parts hard red winter wheat
1 part hulled barley
1 part oat groats
1 part sunflower seeds (in winter this is increased to 2 parts)
1 part millet
1 part kamut
1 part amaranth seeds
1 part split peas
1 part lentils
1 part quinoa
1 part sesame seeds
1/2 part flax seeds
1/2 part kelp granules
free choice of granite grit

free choice of oyster shell

You can order all these separately and mix it yourself, or Azure Standard has several organic chicken feeds like  Rogue Organic Layer Pellets with these ingredients…

Organic Grains, Organic Corn, Organic Barley, Certified Organic Soybean meal, Monocalcium Phosphate, Vitamin Premix Copper Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Choline Chloride, Pyridoxine, MSBC (Vitamin K), Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E Supplement, Trace Mineralized Salt.

My Pet Chicken carries oyster shell…

Many of our customers offer these crushed oyster shells to their laying hens in a separate container, free-choice, because the calcium will ensure a nice, strong egg shell. If your birds need it, they’ll eat it, and if they don’t, they won’t! (Please do not feed this to birds that aren’t laying yet; they don’t need it!)


In the meantime I’m giving my hens what we have around here…

This morning it was lentils…

And millet…

Organic hard red winter wheat…

And some orange peels…

We also threw them some grass and dandelion leaves.

I also cooked up one of the pumpkins from my garden and cut it into 4 pieces and I just put it in the coop, seeds and all. The man I bought the chickens from said he had heard this is good for them to eat to get rid of worms.



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