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Purina Announces USDA Organic Poultry Feed for Backyard “Flocksters”

In response to expanding small-flock and organic poultry markets, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, has developed a GMO-free, USDA Organic line of poultry feed. Purina’s new line includes: Starter Growers for chicks younger than 18 weeks; Layer Pellets for laying hens older than 19 weeks; and Scratch Grain additives, which encourage natural pecking and insect browsing. In order to qualify as USDA Organic, these feeds contain no sub-therapeutic antibiotics, no animal byproducts (such as fishmeal), and, like all poultry feeds after 1950, no added growth hormones.