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#1 of 5 Old 09-05-2006, 01:03 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I bought an all natural feed, but really would prefer to feed organic but not sure I can do it right now, I am feeding as much healthy kitchen scraps as I can too, and they are pecking madly in their pen, and seem very happy. I wish they could be free-range but too many predators including my own wolf-in-sheeps clothing cats and dogs (2 possible suspects) anyhow suggestions on organic feed welcomed. I am thinking of asking the local COOP if they have any waste food if I can have it but suspect that option might be already taken, its a very holistic area.

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Our chickens free range, our 13 cats dont bother them nor do our dogs.

I have given them a good scolding when they did look at them but that was all.

We even have a lame chick in our flower bed that the cats dont bother.

I just buy wheat at the grain store and let the chicken finish filling themselves up on our 2.4 acres they roam all over.

Maybe could ask the coop if they have grain that isnt fit for human consumtion.

I can order organic chicken feed from Azure Standard. Have you looked there?
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Thanks! We also have other predators though like bald eagles, fox and even a cougar seen recently. One of my dogs is a Lab from hunting lines and I just would not trust him with them and would feel terrible if something happened. Not sure the cats would kill a chicken however my one hunting cat's brother bought a rooster through my friend's cat door one day. Oops. They are definitely curious! Of course they were curious about my parrot until he bit them every time they came near hm!

I will look into Azure too. Thanks! I just got them on Saturday and they came from Freecycle, they are laying great already, and actually look healthier, I think they were too crowded where they were at, and needed some better nutrition.

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We also have a lab. Our cats are interesting hunters, they have brought in a pheasant, duck, lot of snakes and a huge assortment of rodents.

Just saying that somehow the cats and dogs know those animals arent up for grabs as they belong here also.

Have seent that when I was a child, both dogs and cats knew not to bother the chickens. If they ever did look they would we gave them a good talking to and that was it.

The eagles and hawks dont seem to bother the chickens as long as a dog is running loose.


Would have loved to see the parrot get the cat.

Could you make a chicken tractor? That way they could freerange but still be protected from preditors.

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I might see how they do when the chickens have settled in. Maybe they can at least be free-range when we are home (a lot) and put them in when they can't be supervised. They were so happy to see grass in their pen! The Lab was implicated in a chicken crime at MIL's that's why I am more concerned about him. He may have been an accomplice...or not.

Anyhow the Azure Feed is a good price. I am not sure I am on a route but if not I guess you can meet the truck? I am going to call and ask them as the route I would be on looks like it by-passes us.

Updated to say I found another feedstore that does carry organic chicken feed at a reasonable price.

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