Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Product Review: Nature's Best Organic Feeds



I admit that although I try and raise my chickens as holistically and naturally as possible, I haven't been feeding them organic feed.  They get Nutrena Layer Crumble into which I mix a bunch of other good stuff, including DE and probiotic powder, to make their Breakfast of Champion Layers.  It does get a bit costly to purchase all the additives and then time-consuming to mix them into the feed, but I think it gives the bagged feed a nice boost.

All my chickens are healthy and happy and good layers, but organic feed is certainly something I have tossed around in my mind more than a few times over the years, although never really pursued it.  That is, until now.

One of our local feed stores now carries the Nature's Best line of organic horse feed and said they could order some chicken feed for me if I wanted (find a Local Dealer near you).

So I started to research organic feed a bit and have decided to give it a try.  After all, the healthier our chickens, the more nutritious their eggs.  Organic farming uses natural methods such as crop rotation and vinegar, instead of traditional pesticides, herbicides or fungicides which really appeals to me.

In conjunction with my new-found decision, I would like to introduce you to our newest sponsor Nature's Best Organic Feeds. I am very excited to have them sponsor our blog since I know a lot of you DO feed your chickens organic feeds and Nature's Best is now available around the country at many feed stores.

Nature's Best is the brand of feed that Martha Stewart feeds her horses, donkeys, chickens and geese. I feel confident that she can afford to feed her animals the VERY best - and the fact that she has chosen Nature's Best Organic Feeds speaks volumes for the company.

~photo courtesy of marthastewart.com~

Nature's Best Organic Feeds graciously agreed to donate a bag of their organic chicken feed to my girls to try.  The feed contains a mix of organic corn, wheat, oats and other grains, as well as Diatomaceous Earth, limestone and Probiotics, plus vitamins and minerals.

It is a bit more expensive than non-organic feeds but since it already has DE and probiotic powder in it, that will save me a bit of money since I won't have to purchase and add those supplements myself.  Organic feed may look the same as non-organic feed, but is less likely to contain pesticide residue and is also higher in complete amino acids and antioxidants.

All incoming organic ingredients are tested for GMO’s and if they get a positive reading, Nature's Organics will reject those grains. This insures the customer is getting certified organic ingredients. No other process in the feed industry like organic certification traces the grains all the way back to farm and has paperwork to prove it. Nature's Organics will provide any of their customers with their Feed Mill Organic Certification and the Organic Certification for the Organic Feeds. 

They proudly identify each bag of organic bag feeds with the USDA Organic symbol. 


Nature's Best Organic Feed is part of Kreamer Feed, Inc., a family business located in Pennsylvania started by George Robinson in 1947 and now run by his children.   They carry a full line of chicken feeds, for all stages of your chickens' life, including Starter, Grower/Developer, and Layer feeds, as well as Scratch Feed, Barley, Flax Seed, Oyster Shell and Granite Grit.

They have been making organic feeds for over 20 years and have extensive experience in manufacturing these products. They have their own poultry farms of organic broilers, organic turkeys and organic layers and the rations they recommend have been proven “down on the farm” before they ever sell these feeds to anyone else.

Nature's Best Organic Feeds recently sent me a bag of their layer pellets to try.  I was eager to see the girls' thoughts on not only switching feed brands but switching from crumble to pellets.

The bag arrived and I opened it up, interested to see the difference in feel, smell and appearance from non-organic feeds. The difference was immediately visible.  I could see little specks of all different color and texture grains. The feed smelled very fresh and almost like something I would pour into a bowl, cover with milk and eat myself. Almost....not quite, but almost !


But the real taste test was yet to come...the girls had to give it a try.  I set up two identical feeders side by side, filled each with a different feed and let the girls at them.  As you can see, it was pretty much a split decision !  I was actually very surprised that they would immediately take to a brand new feed - as well as the pellets, since they are used to crumble.  But they dove right in.  The ducks especially seemed to prefer the Nature's Best feed - I wonder if it contains some ingredients that they particularly like ? 

In the end, about the same amount of both feeds was left.  Although Praline couldn't resist going back for one more mouthful of the Nature's Best Organic Feed !   

I love that the feed is organic since we're eating the girls' eggs and the more healthy they are, the better for our health also. I also love that the feed already contains DE and probiotic powder which would eliminate the need for me to add it separately.  And the girls have spoken  -well sort of !

The decision to feed organic feed or not is certainly a personal one for each chicken keeper. We each need to weigh the cost/convenience factor against the GMO/pesticide factor and decide what works for us, our flocks and our families. Nature's Best Organic Feeds certainly makes the decision alot easier.

 Check out Nature's Best Organic Feeds for yourself. Their website has alot more information, including a complete ingredient list and list of distributors.  Ask your local feed store if they can order some for you if they don't regularly carry it.

If you already feed organic feed or have been thinking about it.... and please consider Nature's Best Organic Feeds and tell them we sent you !

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65 comments:

  1. Look forward to seeing what your chickens think.
    Closest to me would be about 2 hours or so. Kind of far, but may look into it. Thanks!

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  2. Very interested to see what you think! I have been looking for something organic-again price is a consideration...but I have always fed my dogs/cats homemade raw food and organics, so hopefully I can do the same w/ the chicks! Keep us posted!

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  3. I drive 45 minutes one way to buy organic feed for a reasonable price. My local feed stores will order it but it costs twice as much as if I make the drive. Wish it was more available for a reasonable price.

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  4. I would love to win the food for my chicks I am getting!

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  5. I've never seen this brand at my local feed stores. But would be interested if it were available in Northern CA.

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  6. Would love to try an organic feed for my girls :)

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  7. I am already a follower, through e-mail. I would love to win this feed to try it out. I do not know where I can get it locally.
    Blessings
    Mandi Miller
    sevenruns@dishmail.net

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  8. My chicks should be here in about 5 weeks and being that these are my first chicks I wasn't sure what type of feed to buy. This was very informative and helpful! Thank you!
    duncan.lisa at gmail.com

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  9. It's hard to find organic feed/starter feed around here, I'm glad to have Fresh Eggs Daily's FB put you up and now I can locate your feed!
    tierneykatie@Hotmail.com

    Thanks! Katie

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  10. I was suprise we have a dealer just 20 min from us!!!! A product to consider :)

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  11. I truly believe we all need to get back to the organic natural way of doing things my chickens are free range and would love to Try this food

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  12. As a new chicken owner, I love all the advice and input. Going organic sounds like a great plan!

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  13. Enter me in the contest, I have a batch of speckled sussex chicks coming on the 30th of this month!

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  14. I love your site...we do not have any chicks yet, but are hoping to start our own flock this month or next. This organic feed looks like it would be a great first step to get our little ones off to the right start. Thanks for the opportunity to win this.

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  15. We don't have a lot of nearby feed stores outside of TSC, would love to give the organic food a whirl with our girls!

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  16. I would love a free bag of Nature's Best organic feed for my 13 girls. I live in a very small town and I give eggs to folks. Love sharing "hen fruit" with others. I keep saying I'm gonna start charging for the eggs so I can put the money toward their feed. I'm not there yet! Thanks for the opportunity!
    lindaelder2@yahoo.com

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  17. I really think organic food is the only way to go. Natures Best organic feed looks wonderful!

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  18. I have so many chickens to feed now! I'd love to give it a try!

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  19. Great blog post on Organic feed vs. Non-Organic feed! Did not know how different they are from each other and how organic is so much better for your chickens health!

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  20. Love your blogs - so full of great information! Would love to win the feed for my fist batch of chicks in May!!

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  21. Great blog! I loved the pictures too!

    ppa.webmaster.bouley@gmail.com

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  22. I would like to win because I am starting a new flock and would love to give them a solid start to a healthy life. Thank you for the opportunity!

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    1. my email i smpeik1@gmail.com Thanks!

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    2. Maryann ! You have been chosen at random to win a big of Nature's Best Organic feed. Congrats !

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  23. Would be very grateful to feed my girls organic food! :)

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  24. I try to feed my girls organic when I can - but it can be expensive and I cannot always find it locally. Would love to try this brand! Thank you. jayne_rouisse@yahoo.com

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  25. Be interesting to see the difference in egg & hen quality with organic feed

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  26. Hope to try this out for my chickens & other animals I have ...gonna have a looksy maybe I could win a bag ! Thanks for the info

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  27. I have been unable to find organic feed local for my chickens. IFA only carrys their line and Purina. My girls hope I win.

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  28. I would love to give my hens the best organic feed which is Nature's Best because they deserve the best :)

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  29. I only feed my girls organic feed. And fresh organic vegi's from the local farmers markets. Can a chicken ever really be too spoiled? Mine are total Diva's.

    BTW I LOVE those covered feeders, where did they come from?

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    1. Thank you ! I made them out of wooden window boxes I bought on sale last fall at Lowes. Just screwed in uprights and then used brackets to make an l-shaped roof out of pieces of plywood and shingled it with leftover shingles from my coop.

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  30. I would love to win and be able to feed my girls an organic feed. It's very hard to find anything organic in my area.
    brit868@yahoo.com

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  31. It would be worth it for me to travel a few extra miles to purchase premium feed for my chickens and ducks. I have been wanting to upgrade their feed. They deserve it for all the joy they bring to me.

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  32. I've been thinkg about switching to organics for all the animals. If I won this bag of feed I would have to stop procrastinating and make the switch. :)

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  33. My girls are just about laying age and I would love to let them the best feed they deserve the best for giving us their best

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  34. I would love this. We currently drive 45 minutes one way to buy organic feed. No one locally can compare in price. Looking at the list of dealers in the area got me thinking about calling a few other places to see if they would carry chicken feed for me and compare costs again.

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  35. I would love to try some truly organic feed for my chickens. We try and come as close to organic as possible but our options are limited in this area.

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  36. Organic food for my chickies would be great! I've been feeding the readily available commercial brand up to this point.

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  37. I would love for the flock to try some true organic feed. I had bought some off brand a year ago but the price went sky high. So I had to switch to not so expensive feed .

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  38. I would love for my little flock to try organic feed. I'm curious how it would effect the taste of their eggs.

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  39. As of yet I haven't tried any organic feed for my flock, but I checked this out and it sounds very good! I also looked for store near us and found 2 here in Louisville and one in Harned, Ky. which we drive by a couple of times a month! Would love to give this a try; )

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  40. Love your feed! Feeding organic gives me peace of mind, knowing there are no unwanted ingredients or gmo's. I would like to win because we have a ton of baby chicks that are getting ready to switch from starter to layer and the more feed we have the better! All of our birds free range daily but they sure do love their feed, too!

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  42. We are wanting to switch our animals to organic feed.I would love to see how they did on this brand

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  43. Hey
    My name is Spencer Knight and e-mail is spencerknight1@yahoo.com and i would like to get my chickens on organic feed.

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  44. I would love to feed my chickens organic food, because we have just begun our chicken raising adventure, and I want to start them off right using organic food.

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  45. I would love to win a 25 lb. bag of Nature's Best Organic Feed because I have never tried organic for my chickens and if they like it I would switch to it

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  46. I would love to try this organic feed. I have been contemplating organic but have yet to try it. I am very concerned with GMO foods and apprecate the fact that Natures Best tests for and eliminates any GMO ingredients in their feed.
    email - candlesbyamye@yahoo.co

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  47. I would love to win because I am new to raising chickens. I like to explore all the options out there. My family eats organic - why shouldn't my girls! Especially since they work hard for us!

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  48. I would love to try this feed. Having the DE already included is a HUGE selling point for me. My email is katherinescottage@yahoo.com.

    Love your blog, btw.

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    1. Congrats to Katherine's Cottage you are the winner !

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  49. We have just started raising chicks because I want to eat the healthiest, best eggs possible. I feel the only way to do that is to raise them ourselves & feed them with a certified organic blend. I purchase almost exclusively organic foods for us & our chicks will be feed the same! And the added bonus is that the girls are SO much fun to watch & can bring an awful lot of peace & relaxation to our day : D

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  50. This would be great for my family, just starting out with a flock.
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

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  52. I would love to win a bag for my girls and roos, as i am trying to start my own self-sufficient living and it is considerably difficult to find good organic feed where I am.

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  53. What a perfect day to find your blog! Maybe it's MY lucky day!

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  54. This is my first year at raising chickens and I absolutely LOVE it! They are so much fun to watch and I have really enjoyed learning all about them. FED have DEFINITELY been the main source of my "chicken raining research"! Thank you!! I can't wait to find that first egg! Would love to try the organic feed and see how they like it.

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  55. I am always adding a variety of greens to my girls diet to give them a complete and healthy diet! I have been considering organics for awhile but just haven't decided which one to go with! I want what's best for my girls!! This would be a great way for me to test organic feed on the girls to see if they like it! Can't wait :)

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  56. We give the girls all the fresh greens and fruits we can. It would be great to also be able to give them Organic pellets.

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  57. My girls need this Layer feed, because they're going to start laying soon (for the first time)! I'll be one proud chicken mama! -Rachel flippinggoldfish@yahoo.com

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  58. This is my first try at chickens. I have 12 that are almost ready for big girl food. Would LOVE to try a bag of this for them!

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  59. We have been using this feed for about 6 months and are very happy. The girls love it. Our local store that sells isn't listed on their site yet. It does cost more than the natural omega 3 we were buying but I am glad we were able to find this and make the switch.
    Karen

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