by Patti Bailey
(Wakarusa, IN , USA)
Feed suppliers: I am having issues with my feed supplier. They do not understand why I want to change what is in my feed.
I want my poultry to be happy and healthy, not artificially done so. I have written letters to both my local supplier and the company salesman.
I tried explaining that you can just not change feed without consequences. That this causes undue stress.
My local supplier just plain thinks I'm nuts for not just making my chickens eat it. I would not force my children to eat something that may not be good for them; like marigold extract.
How do we go about getting the feed we need and education of this supplement? I am just plain frustrated.Answer
No need to be frustrated. Have you found a feed you like and want to use? If you have a little of the old you can begin mixing in the new and switch them over that way.
I really doubt they will have any withdrawls from the marigold extract. If the new feed has the same basic good ingredients, the feed change should not upset their digestion.
If you are talking about Marigold as a supplement, there is much information on the internet.
The studies I read say it may or may not be beneficial as a supplement and may have medicinal properties, but none have been proven.
I’m sure there are hundreds of articles, I just skimmed through a few looking for benefits and reasons for feeding it to chickens.
If you find Marigold beneficial, you might grow some of the flowers and let the chickens eat the petals as they like.
Don’t worry about people that don’t understand what you are accomplishing. Many humans don’t get the concept of being at the top of the food chain and what that can mean. For them ignorance of facts seems to be bliss.Return to Raising Chickens Home Page