Feeding Your Chickens Organic Feed
When I began raising chickens again three years ago, I was struck by how much even conventionally grown feed cost. Of course prices have gone up a considerable amount since then. With drought becoming more common, there is less feed and the price is higher. Investors speculate and buy grain, so the price goes up. What’s a homesteader to do?
If I had more land I would grow my own grain. I am taking steps to raise some feed for my chickens, but I just don’t have room on an acre to raise all that I need. In the meantime, I am working on ways to conserve feed and supplement as much as I can with kitchen scraps, garden goodies, and pasturing my poultry.
So you might wonder why on earth I would double my chicken feed budget by switching to organic feed. There are a lot of reasons, and organic feed is what I would have used all along if it had been locally available and a bit less expensive. Instead I tried to rationalize my decision to keep buying feed produced from a company I’m not particularly fond of, C*arg!ll.
I have always believed that organic gardening and farming practices are better for the environment, better for our animals, and better for our own health. I’m not really trying to open this up for debate…it’s just what I believe. If you don’t feel the same way, that’s ok. I won’t try to persuade you. But I feel that the use of GMOs, pesticides and herbicides is degrading our environment and our well being. (There is a great deal of scientific evidence to support this too) So, for the health of my family, my poultry, and the planet as a whole, I decided to find a way to purchase organic feed.
Supporting My Local Community Too? Bonus!
I called around to see where I could purchase organic layer feed for my flock and guess what…our local feed store is now selling Nature’s Grown Organic chicken feed. How cool is that?! Of course, it does cost twice as much as the C*rg!ll stuff. But at least I will feel good about feeding this to my chickens, and then eating their eggs and meat. Another cool thing about all of this…the feed is made in Wisconsin, right across the cheddar curtain from me. 😉
If you are interested in purchasing organic chicken feed, you might want to check out their website. They have a link to find out if their products are available near you….
I’m not receiving any advertising dollars from them, so this is not an affiliate link. I’m just looking forward to finding out how well my chickens and ducks like the feed. I’ll let you know if I see any difference in production.
Do you use organic feed? Have you noticed any changes in your flock health or productivity?