Chicks will be on this feed ration ad libitum from day 1 until around 14. You will see that all three of our rations include non-soy protein sources such as peas, alfalfa meal, or fish meal and organic grains, oils and mineral supplements. We feel that the potential health risks of consuming the substances found in un-fermented soy, whether directly or through poultry tissue, outweigh the proposed health benefits. It should be noted that even proponents of soy protein remark about it's ability to transfer isoflavones such as genistein and diadzein from feed to eggs or tissue (meat) (Vargas, 2009).
The inclusion of organic grains, supplements, and oils stems from our belief that a greater consilience between agriculture and ecology is desirable and necessary for the production of quality products and sustainable farming. The 2018 supplier of our organic corn will also be the supplier of our oats. He is in the last year of the three year transition on some new ground to certified organic production. Oats were planted on this ground that has been farmed organically for the past 3 years, and will achieve certification in 2018. Aragonite is a source of calcium for the birds that is vital for strong bones, nutrient absorption, and muscle tone. Vitamin C is added to the feed to keep it fresh through hot summer days.
This is our grower ration. The birds will eat this mixture from around day 14 to 32. You will notice that grains (corn and oats) make up the bulk of this ration, and protein sources such as fish and alfalfa meal take a lesser role. This is because as the birds grow their need for protein decreases. The starch content is thus increased for a more economical ration.
This is our finisher ration that the birds are on from day 32 to 49. It is almost identical to the grower ration except for the addition of flax seed oil. Flax seed oil is added for the last 17 days of feeding because as noted by multiple studies, (Mirshekar, Boldaji, Dastar, Yamchi, & Pashae, 2015) , (Balevi, Coskun, 2000), the prolonged addition of flax seed oil to broiler's feed will increase the amount of linolenic acid (Omega-3) available to you in the meat.