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Source of Organic Chicken Feed
by Susan Grace
When I started raising chickens a few years ago, I didnt feel great about feeding them pelleted food or hen scratch, but those seemed to be the only options. At the same time, Rod Reid from Aldergrove, B.C. was looking for a way to feed his meat chickens organically. Luckily for me and other area growers, Rod had the skills, equipment and desire to develop a well-balanced feed for chickens (and other animals). Rod worked with a nutritionist to ensure that the dietary requirements of the animals were met by the feed.
Rod purchases the ingredients from farmers in the prairies or the Peace River District. The base tends to be wheat, with proteins coming from flax, canola or sunflowers meals, by-products of oil processing. Sesame, soy and borage meals are also included along with flax, canola, soy or borage oils. Vitamins are added as a pre-mix along with lysine, thiamin, salt, limestone and phosphate rock. The feed smells very good and the birds enjoy it.
In Season Farms has several types of chicken feed to deal with chicks, layers and broilers. Prices range from $10 to $14 for a 20 kg bag. Rod also has equipment to handle bulk supplies of feed. Otter Co-op is a distributor for the feed. For more information, phone (250) 857-5781 or fax (250) 857-5782.
Copyright © 1996.Susan Grace
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