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Where can I buy eggs from hens that are fed the most traditional diet?

Commented on December 08, 2013
Created December 07, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Here is a description of hens' traditional diet:

http://www.westonaprice.org/farm-a-ranch/chickens-are-omnivores-its-no-dilemma

Further reading, but doesn't mention eating small animals (other than bugs):

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/egg-purchasing-guide/#axzz2mnfKXUji

I'm looking for eggs from hens that are fed meat, insects, vegetables. Not just grains and vegetable oil, like Scratch and Peck:

http://www.scratchandpeck.com/wp-content/uploads/labels/Naturally%20Free%20Scratch%20-%2040lbs.pdf

Also not just supplemented with flaxseed like Gold Circle:

"Gold Circle Farms hens are given an all natural, vegetarian feed consisting of corn, flaxseed, wheat mill run, Limestone, Methionine (Amino Acid), salt, Marigold extract, vitamins and trace minerals. There is also a small amount of soy bean meal in the hens??? diets. This vegetarian feed is completely free of animal by products."

http://goldcirclefarms.com/faq.html#q10

And not pastured with corn/soy, like Vital Farms:

"In addition to grass and other pasture goodies, our hens get a feed ration made up mainly of organic corn and a small amount of unprocessed organic soybean meal."

http://vitalfarms.com/faq.html

While they do have access to bugs etc on the pasture, a significant portion of what they eat is their feed. Grassfed Traditions has eggs fed cocofeed:

http://www.grassfedtraditions.com/organic_soy_free_eggs.htm

Cocofeed is:

"

Aragonite

Coconut Pulp

Corn Grain Shell

Crab Meal

Fish Meal

Peas

Wheat

All of these components are 100% organic (which means among other things no GMO ingredients). Aragonite is a naturally occurring calcium carbonate, which is derived from seashell flour. It is used as a source of calcium for the chickens. The crab meal is from real crabs.

"

(From an email. Full ingredient list isn't on their website: http://cocofeed.com/cocofeed.htm)

Does anyone know of something better than cocofeed?

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on December 08, 2013
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possibly due to them having unlimited access to good food, and the commercial mixes that some chickens are fed (e.g., in winter) being stale. I guarantee you that they will not get in to eat grains, if you let them out.

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on December 07, 2013
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Where I purchase my GF beef, the rancher has chickens. He told me that he adds oyster shells to the feed and the chickens eat everything but the shells. It is amazing to watch how fast they clear the ground of grains when you toss them in the yard.

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eatwild is great. localharvest.org is a good source too.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on December 07, 2013
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They still need supplements. Here in MI they can not get iodine from foraging for example. All the farmers I deal with supplement, in the case of chickens, oyster shells are good enough for broad spectrum mineral integrator. From what I have observed (at my previous place I was surrounded by people with chickens), they will eat all the bugs first, then they will eat all the kitchen scraps, then all the grass, and if there is nothing else, they will eat grains. In the summer they don't touch the grains typically. I know of no one who feeds meat to them though. It would be doable, just get an extra freezer and pick up road kill. But they are really like us, and to them fats are most important. There are decent amounts of proteins in nearly everything they eat. Perhaps get rendered lard remnants?

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on December 07, 2013
at 09:00 PM

Where I purchase my GF beef, the rancher has chickens. He told me that he adds oyster shells to the feed and the chickens eat everything but the shells. It is amazing to watch how fast they clear the ground of grains when you toss them in the yard.

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on December 07, 2013
at 08:05 PM

As mentioned above, try eatwild.com or localharvest.com. The correct answer to the question "what do you feed your hens" is NOTHING! They should be permitted to forage for their own bugs and vegetable matter. Many farmers use a little feed to entice their chickens into the henhouse at night, in that case you want to be sure it's ORGANIC and ideally grain and soy free.

However, it is DECEMBER and may be too cold in many parts of the country for pastured hens. As the days get shorter, many breeds stop or slow down their production. So it's a difficult time of year to find good eggs in the northern hemisphere.

Even here in California it's getting tough. All I could find today at the farmers market was duck eggs. Our usual farm visits have been unsuccessful. When that happens we buy store bought Omega 3 eggs at Trader Joes. Not ideal, but better than standard production eggs from the supermarket. I did have a duck egg and veggie scramble for breakfast--yum!

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on December 07, 2013
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http://www.eatwild.com/ is a good source of info for local foods. I buy local organic pasture raised chicken eggs that are very fresh and delicious.

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on December 07, 2013
at 07:28 PM

eatwild is great. localharvest.org is a good source too.

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on December 07, 2013
at 03:15 PM

Don't buy into silly overpriced eggs! Find a local flock that's has forage available. Even fed standard chicken feed, the eggs are going to be awesome.

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