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  • Chickens...and their feed...are grains avoidable?

    So, I found a farmer online who sells 'antibiotic free' chicken, as well as organic chicken. But in both instances, his chickens are fed grains.

    So, what's the deal with chicken? My preliminary reading leads me to believe they mostly do eat grains. How does that affect the consumer? Any Canadians wanna chime in on where they get their tasty chicken?

    Thanks.
    A Post-Primal PrimalPat

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  • #2
    My understanding is that you want to buy a chicken (and eggs from a chicken) that has access to roam around and eat bugs in addition to their normal feed (grain).

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    • #3
      I would say it is impossible to buy a chicken that hasn't eaten a lot of grain. I raise chickens and feed them no grain in the summer, they just eat grass, bugs, fish, and garden scraps. The eggs are amazing! Bright yellow yolks--but egg production drops by 50% or more. In the winter, they get grain daily. Yolks change to pale yellow. They are on a timed light and egg production goes way up.

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      • #4
        I agree. Eating organic is great, and as long as youre not eating chicken daily, the O6 shouldnt be a problem, its the vegetable oils you need to avoid. Plus some O3 tabs will balance it all out.
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        • #5
          Then I won't worry too much about it

          Thanks everyone!
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          • #6
            Birds like grains. They don't call it chicken scratch for nothing. It's just that when chickens have access to other food, they make much tastier eggs and meat. Chickens eat just about everything. When I went to India, chickens roamed around free and spent a lot of time pecking at the stuff thrown in the compost heap behind the house. They're like garbage disposals.
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            • #7
              Yeah, I know chickens will eat everything! They're like goats!

              Is it more important to get organic chicken (so their feed is organic too) or antibiotic free chicken?
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              • #8
                Chickens are omnivores. They'll eat pretty much anything they can get their little beaks onto. You should see how excited a pack of hens can get over a mouse nest! They aren't like goats at all, they are brutal... they will rip apart live flesh to consume... think of them as tiny little T-rex'es. If they could eat YOU, they probably would. LOL

                A natural, summer time, free roaming diet includes bugs, snails, green plant matter, and plant fruits, and seeds. Chickens are a tropical species and not well adapted to foraging through winters in colder climes. Grain is an easily store-able way to get them through the off season, and an easy/cheap solution for the industrial farms where they are grown in houses and not allowed to forage naturally.

                However, it is my opinion that one should avoid these chicken products (eggs or meat) labeled as fed a "natural VEGETARIAN diet"... it's bologna! Chickens just shouldn't be fed a strictly vegetarian diet IMO, and I won't support that nonsense.
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                • #9
                  My friends chickens go nuts over doughnuts. They also keep the bug population way down.

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                  • #10
                    I keep a feeder of grain for my chickens at all times. They free range, though, so they actually eat very little of it. They do eat more during the winter. And if there's snow on the ground, they won't leave their coop, so they eat a lot more feed then, too.

                    I toss them table scraps. My kids don't eat primal (yet) and I've noticed that the chickens' favorite scraps seem to be grain based: most notably macaroni & cheese, and rice. And grilled cheese scraps. They will ignore a tomato I throw to them, but happily yank them out of my garden in the summer.

                    It's the free ranging that makes for those delicious golden yolks. Chickens need bugs and fresh greens! If my production goes down in the winter and I need to buy eggs, I always opt for free range. Like a previous poster said, don't buy the "vegetarian fed" crap!
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                    • #11
                      Just a note -
                      The same goes for ducks. They eat a lot of vegetation, but they also eat quite a bit of animal protein. My duck LOVES meat and will steal the steak off your plate if she can get to it.

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                      • #12
                        Pasture raised are much better. Free range just means they have access to a small door that goes outside and none of them actually will even know it exists. Whole foods has some, I havent found any at my local grocer.
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                        • #13
                          What about soy? A lot of the soy in the midwest is grown for chicken feed.
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                          • #14
                            The best chickens/eggs are those that follow the cows on pasture. The chicken look for the cow pies that have hatched fly larvae (maggots). This keeps the flies from multiplying and off the cows, and the chicken poop puts nitrates back into the soil. Everyone benefits

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                            • #15
                              The guy I get my eggs from said the other day "yeah they love Little Debbies". Great!!!

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