Are you thinking about raising chickens? Our chicken feed guide is your resource for getting started:
Types Of Flock: Different types of birds require different types of feed. Let’s break it down:
Chicks: Baby chickens require feed that is finely ground and high in protein. This fuels strong and healthy growth in your birds.
Layering Chickens: We recommend chicken feed that is high in calcium to create a stronger shell for your hens’ eggs.
Broiler Chickens:Extra protein fuels healthy growth for a higher body mass and better-tasting bird.
Additives: Many brands add synthetic chemicals to their feed. Here’s what we mean:
Medication: Many chicken feeds include medications to prevent the disease, Coccidiosis.
The Pros: This parasitic disease typically starts when birds are tightly confined to a chicken house with other birds and sanitation isn’t a priority. If your birds are given plenty of space and room to roam, this is rarely necessary.
The Cons: Some global groups argue that the Coccidiostats used to treat the disease are actually antibiotics and can fuel resistance in animals and humans when used excessively.
Antibiotics: Numerous antibiotics are used in the poultry industry, including penicillin, erythromycin, and streptomycin.
The Pros: These drugs minimize illness in birds, especially when those birds are housed in crowded conditions where diseases run rampant.
The Cons: Heavy antibiotic usage eventually creates resistance to the drugs. Surviving bacteria can infect the person who purchases the meat from a grocery store, even after it is cooked.
Hormones: Hormone use is banned in poultry production.
The Subject Of Soy: Soy is a major ingredient in many animal feeds.
Soy-Free: Scientific studies have shown correlations between soy sensitivities in humans and animals fed feed that includes soy. If a member of your family or a customer has sensitivities to soy, you’re better off going soy-free.
Our Feed Contains No Medications and Antibiotics.
At Sunrise Farms, we believe in raising our animals ethically and providing high-quality Non-GMO feeds to fuel healthy, natural growth. We mill our feed from whole grains and organic minerals and customize each batch to meet the specific needs of hens, broilers, and chicks. Ready to get started? Visit our storefront or one of our dealers to place your order for high-quality chicken feed.