One of the ways that my family has traditionally shown and shared love is through food. This is especially true for my step-father. To him, food is love. For the past twenty-five years, he has nursed broken hearts with sundaes, healed sicknesses with soups, and celebrated special times with feasts. Love is always abundant when we’re gathered around the table. I believe the same goes for my chickens. Every time I feed the girls, I am showing them love. After all, they give the love back to me with the eggs they produce. Because food is such a strong statement of love in my family, I’ve given a lot of thought into which feed to give the girls.
When I first started out with backyard chickens years ago, I read everything I could about keeping chickens. I had no idea what chickens ate other than bugs, grasses and plants they discovered when free-ranging. I was fascinated to learn that what they eat ends up inside their eggs. It was exactly as the old saying went, “You are what you eat.” After going to my local feed store and reviewing all my options for feeding my flock, I chose to go with an organic feed. I chose organic for a few reasons. Mostly, I believe that it’s what’s not in the feed that matters most. For that reason, I looked for a chicken feed with: no genetically modified ingredients, no animal by-products, no fillers, no artificial preservatives, and, like all chicken feed, no growth hormones.
A few months ago, I learned that Purina Animal Nutrition had announced a new line of organic chicken feed, aptly named Purina® Organic poultry feed. I was thrilled to hear this news. You see, after researching feed, I knew that Purina had a rich history dating back to the 1800’s. They have focused on studying livestock nutrition for over 100 years. I had a chance to tour their backyard coops at the Purina Animal Nutrition Center in Missouri last fall. When I was there, I was able to meet their team of nutritionists who study backyard poultry nutrition every day. I learned from them just how much love goes into each bag of their feed – from balanced vitamins and minerals for bird health to added calcium for strong shells and even added palatability to make sure the chickens enjoy what they’re eating.
After the research, it was onto the fun part – trying the product! Back in February, I received a couple bags of Purina® Organic layer pellets and a bag of Purina® Organic scratch grains. When I opened the bag of the organic feed, I know it’s weird, but it smelled really good. It smelled like a granola bar. The scratch grains looked amazing as well. I could decipher all the different types of grains from one another. It felt good to run my hand through it. I was impressed by the appearance. The ultimate test would be what the chickens thought of it. Immediately, I began to convert my flock over. The girls continued to eat, with no delays in feed consumption. This made me happy because it proved they liked the feed and that it tasted good.
I was thrilled that the flock loved the feed, because their feelings matched mine. I love that there are so many options for feeding our flocks but what I love even more is that Purina has joined the organic movement and listened to their customers. They did their homework. They develop poultry feed and feed a backyard flock of their own at the Purina farm. I love that 100 years of their knowledge about raising and caring for chickens is “in this feed”.
Food is love, even for my backyard flock.
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This post has been sponsored by Purina Animal Nutrition, as such I received feed for my flock and will also receive feed in the future to share my opinion with my readers. However, my opinions are based on my individual and unique experience; typically, Purina Animal Nutrition suggests changing to or starting a flock on Purina® Organic will result in optimum organic flock performance. Based on my experience in 2016, I believe this line of feed has been amazing for my flock and I encourage you to try it too!
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