Our chickens always have access to feed, and we take great care in choosing the most nutritious mix that we can. We work with a feed supplier in Lancaster, Pennsylvania who delivers our chicken feed within hours of mixing it, so that it does not have the chance to sit around and get old or have access to rodents.
There are six main components in their feed: pro-biotics, diatomaceous earth, oyster shell and limestone, whole flax seed, and roughage grains.
Pro-biotics: help battle the environmental threats that they encounter while free ranging. The pro-biotics keep the birds’ immune system strong and their digestive track healthy. The extra layer of protection in their digestive track shields the birds from illnesses they may pick up from the grass, dirt, and insects.
Diatomaceous earth: I feed this to them to kill internal parasites. Under microscopic terms, this earth appears like sharp minute razor blades, which destroys all parasites in the gut, gizzard, or intestine that comes into its contact and could be spread through their feces. It is very good for their general health as all animals carry parasites, including humans. The diatomaceous earth is recommended for human consumption as well. They also bath in the diatomaceous earth to rid their feathers and skin of pests.
Crushed oyster shell and lime stone: to aid in their digestive system. The ducks keep this mineral in their gizzard where it assists in the grinding of their food and aids in strengthening wings and bones, which are the common injuries.
Whole flax seed: added as a preventative measure to heart attacks as fowl are as nervous as bunnies. They can die from heart attacks easily as can be witnessed by the bird laying on its back with one leg sticking up vertically.
Apple cider vinegar: added to their water source to aid their gut, digestive track, and immune system.
Roughage, grains, Vitamins A, B, D, and E are added. Vitamin B in all its forms is vital to the health of all the animals on the farm.