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  • Joined Mar 2018
Organic Chicken Feed
« on: October 19, 2019, 09:38:24 am »
Hi Everyone,
Just looking to see who everyone uses for organic chicken food.  The price seems to be going up every time I look anyone got any suggestions of who to use.


  • Joined Dec 2011
  • Gascony, France
Re: Organic Chicken Feed
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 07:38:24 am »
We found organic way too expensive and settled for Smallholder layers pellets which have no GM ingredients and no chemical colourants- 'yolk enhancers' they call them. None of our customers were prepared to pay extra for organic eggs anyway, but they were attracted to the natural colourants rather than the usual chemical colourants and they all said the yolks had great colour.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Organic Chicken Feed
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 11:32:20 am »
We found organic way too expensive and settled for Smallholder layers pellets which have no GM ingredients and no chemical colourants- 'yolk enhancers' they call them.

Same here.  Plus we try to avoid soya in all our feeds, and most organic feeds have a preponderance of soya.  Because there is little certified GM-free but not full-on organic soya, and the Smallholder ranges use British-grown cereals and do not use soya, their pig and chicken feeds best suit our ethics. 
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  • Joined Jul 2010

farmers wife

  • Joined Jul 2009
  • SE Wales
Re: Organic Chicken Feed
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2019, 09:35:27 pm »
I use mole valley.  I get min order 25 bags on pallet.  Im sure other direct farmers feed do the same think it works out £12 per bag.

Hi peak is also the other option but honestly they drive you mad when they have nothing in the mill and you have to wait for it to be mixed.  Works out the same however there is a £50 courier charge or ordering 1 tonne is the better option (I would mix lamb creep, all rounder and poultry).

This is the issue with organic feed its hard to source and its expensive. But its still cheaper than the £16 Ive been quoted for the small holder range.


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Organic Chicken Feed
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019, 09:48:57 am »
I buy these, £15.20 per 20kg

I also use The Organic Feed Company layers pellets and mixed corn.  It's worth shopping about with different feed suppliers.  I've been ordering from the same company for years, but recently got caught out when they didn't have my order in stock so went to an alternative supplier on the off chance and discovered for them it's a stock item and cheaper!  Unfortunately we're still paying over £17 per bag though.

Another option is H J Lea Oakes but the labels seem to indicate a preponderance for imported ingredients whereas The Organic Feed Company seems to try to source locally and doesn't include the padding ingredient of soya!

There's a group on Facebook called Sustainable Smallholding that had a 'recipe' for feeding hens using just straights... that could be an option if you can buy the organic straights cheaper than the premixed pellets.
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