Is it possible to find eggs from chickens NOT fed corn or soy?
After a recent visit to a small farm that produces eggs from pastured chickens, and after researching various websites of farms raising pastured chickens, I am finding that all of them supplement with some corn and/or soy, albeit organic. They all chiefly feed their chickens vegetable scraps, worms, bugs, etc. The farm I visited in the central coast area of California follows Joel Salatin's rotational method of the chickens following the cattle.
I have seen the nutritional differences between conventional and pastured eggs in the Mother Earth News article, but wonder if those differences are possible when chickens receive some corn and soy. Perhaps the differences are possible due to conventional chickens eating corn and soy almost exclusively?
Any info on this topic will be very helpful!
Thank you, Mark, or anyone else who can shed light on this topic.
One uncool mom
Birds are supposed to eat grains?
[QUOTE=Apex Predator;856833]I don't remember the exact amount, but I went on a tour of Polyface with Joel Salatin, and he said if they didn't use feed, eggs would be something like $20++/doz, so basically no farm that's a business would do that. Remember that birds are supposed to eat grains.[/QUOTE]
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Time for a reality check.
Penguins are birds. Are penguins supposed to eat grains too?
No. Just because you are a primate, are you supposed to be vegetarian? See the logical freaking fallacy right there? Chickens are not physiologically the same as a finch. If you look into the crops of the wild junglefowl, you will find that the VAST majority of what they consume is from invertebrates and grubs, and the rest is from vegetation like fruits and vegetables. YOU DON'T FIND CORN AND SOY.
Joel Salatin doesn't feed his chickens a species-appropriate diet because he doesn't have the infrastructure in place that allows them to do so, and he gets away with it because people keep "parroting" this "birds are supposed to eat grains" BS.