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Homestead Poultry Feeds: Antibiotic and Animal Protein-Free Food

Free-range birds need a little feed to supplement their foraged diet. Read about Hubbard Feeds’ new product line: Homestead Poultry Feeds.

| August/September 2008

Check out Homestead Poultry Feeds new antibiotic- and animal protein-free poultry feed.

Homestead Poultry Feeds

Even if your poultry roam free for a natural diet of pasture and bugs, you need a little feed to round out the menu. Hubbard Feeds recently announced a new product line, Homestead Poultry Feeds, which contains no antibiotics and no animal proteins. The lineup consists of six products: chick starter, grower for meat birds (chickens and turkeys), a ration for egg layers, duck and goose feed, turkey starter and a concentrate for mixing with your own grains to produce a balanced feed. In addition to grains, vitamins and minerals, the feeds contain Opti-Remedy, a blend of essential oils (oregano, thyme, cinnamon, capsicum and fruit extract) and organic selenium to boost immunity and maintain health.

Chickens raised for meat can eat the grower ration, FastGrow, until they’re butchered. FastGrow also can be used for starting heavy-breed egg layer chicks. You can find ingredient lists and feeding directions for each product here. The website provides a recipe for mixing the concentrate, Chick-En-Egg, with corn for use as a starter, grower, developer or layer ration for chickens. But if you raise grain other than corn, Hubbard will formulate a mix that works for your flock. You can find a dealer here, or your local feed store can contact Hubbard to get information on selling the feed.

Jerry Cunningham_5
8/31/2009 2:23:50 PM

Please consider using non-GMO Organic feeds for your chickens. I am the owner of Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill,you can find us at www.coyotecreekfarm.org A word about "Nodo's" comment above. Pastured poultry is not more susceptible to Bird-Flu. Quite the contrary, living in the sunshine and fresh air makes them less likely to become diseased than chickens that are kept up in a a confined space. I have had chickens in my door yard most of my life, and I want to help support this wonderful grass-roots movement of having backyard flocks. We will ship our feeds to a local feed store of your choice. Good luck with your new hobby of raising chickens.


Jerry Cunningham_5
8/31/2009 2:23:05 PM

Please consider using non-GMO Organic feeds for your chickens. I am the owner of Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill,you can find us at www.coyotecreekfarm.org A word about "Nodo's" comment above. Pastured poultry is not more susceptible to Bird-Flu. Quite the contrary, living in the sunshine and fresh air makes them less likely to become diseased than chickens that are kept up in a a confined space. I have had chickens in my door yard most of my life, and I want to help support this wonderful grass-roots movement of having backyard flocks. We will ship our feeds to a local feed store of your choice. Good luck with your new hobby of raising chickens.


Shaun_2
8/25/2008 6:13:25 PM

We were thrilled to see this article, and then, after special ordering chick and turkey starter, shocked. When we got home we found "medicated" stamped in green ink on both labels. This feed is medicated with amprolium, which is not an antibiotic, but IS a medication. This was never mentioned as an ingredient on the website. Several phone calls later, we discovered this feed comes both medicated and unmedicated. In some areas of the country the unmedicated feed is readily available, however, that was not the case for us. A minimum order of 2 tons was needed for each of the feeds, per their regional sales rep. After speaking with the main office in MN, we were able to get the mill to provide us with the Fast Grow feed, unmedicated, and they provided us with the recipe to add their Chick-en-Egg to make our own turkey feed. We will use Fast Grow as the only starter for our heavy breed heritage chicks. So, be sure if you order Homestead feeds, that you are able to purchase the unmedicated feeds. Hubbard is replacing our medicated feed at no cost, but it cost us a week's delay and a bit of a headache.







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