Naturally Free Chick Starter
  • Naturally Free Starter feed
  • Naturally Free Starter chicken feed

Naturally Free Starter

$23.99$37.99

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Product Description

Naturally Free Starter is a Non-GMO Project Verified and Certified Organic product. We use a blend of organic whole grains grown in the Pacific Northwest. While all of our products are soy free, our Naturally Free poultry feed line is both soy free and corn free.

As soon as your chicks hatch, they will be hungry for feed that is formulated to provide them with the nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Our organic, Naturally Free Starter Feed is a special blend of cracked organic grains, organic flax and organic linseed meal, wild caught fish meal, and necessary vitamins and minerals.

This feed provides baby chicks with enough protein to jump start their growth without adding unnecessary stress to their bodies. Plenty of vitamins and minerals provide chicks with the tools they need for healthy development.

Naturally Free Starter contains no medication or antibiotics as we believe a healthy diet and a clean environment are the most important things for your birds’ health. Many chicks that come from hatcheries have already received vaccines to help them survive the conditions of large scale farming practices.

Practicing other healthy flock management methods can help your chicks throughout the first few months of life without the use of a medicated starter. Putting apple cider vinegar into their water and mixing Diatomaceous Earth with our Naturally Free Starter Feed are excellent options to help ensure your little hens stay happy and healthy. Be sure to provide Chick Grit from day 1 through 8 weeks of age before transitioning to the larger, Grower Grit.

If you are just getting started, consider trying our Chick Starter Kit for the necessary feed and supplements to start your flock!

Feeding Information

Naturally Free Starter Feed should be used from day 1 until approximately 8 weeks of age for laying birds. Broilers are recommended to switch at 4 weeks to the Broiler Grower. Be sure to offer Chick Grit in their brooder as free choice or scattered in the bedding. Chick Grit is necessary for optimal gizzard development to aid in digestion and maximum nutrient absorption of the whole grains.

Please offer plenty of fresh water not directly next to starter feed to prevent “beak clumping”.

Some chicks may need to be shown how to eat and drink. To teach your chicks how to drink, carefully dip their beaks in water. Do the same with their starter feed so they can learn what food is.

Add Chick Grit to their feed by sprinkling a little bit on top. Grit stays in the chick’s gizzard and helps them digest their food.

Ducklings can also eat Naturally Free Starter! As ducklings mature at a different rate than chicks, we do recommend a slightly adjusted feeding schedule.

Browse our Helpful Guides for more resources on how to use our feeds to optimize your flock’s health.

Ingredients

Organic Wheat, Organic Peas, Organic Barley, Organic Linseed Meal, Fish Meal, Organic Sesame Meal, Vitamin and Mineral Pre-mix, Ground Limestone, Organic Vegetable Oil

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  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My Red Stars love this feed!

  2. 5 out of 5

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    This was my first year raising chicks. I knew I wanted something soy and corn free due to the rise in GMO contamination in these two crops. I stumbled upon Scratch and Peck, I ordered their Naturally Free Chick starter and I have some happy chicks! Now only if I could get a feed store on the east coast to carry them 🙂

  3. 5 out of 5

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    After a lot of research on the different products available, Scratch & Peck was a “no brainer”. The ingredients, the nutrition … everything is awesome, plus our chickens LOVE IT!!! We use both the starter and the grower, and we have healthy, happy, active chickens. Thank you S & P!

  4. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I am so happy to have found this company. I have been using the starter for my chicks. The bags have a large amount of powder in with the grain due to the way it’s processed but I just sift it, store it and ferment it as needed, the chicks love it. I love the fact that is GMO free! I wish someone over here would carry it locally. Mailing it bag by bag is costly.

  5. 4 out of 5

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    This feed is great! I love that it is soy, corn and gmo free. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the grind is a bit too fine and our girls pick out the big bits and take a long time to eat the powdery part.

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Ordered this non-soy, GMO free feed for the first time for my new chick babies and they are loving it! Also got the chick grit which they love as well. Will be back for more products. Thank you for providing hug quality food

  7. 5 out of 5

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    I’ve had chickens in the past in my back yard and we fed them whatever was cheapest at the feed store, and the eggs were good, the chickens were healthy, there was nothing really wrong with it. But then I developed an autoimmune disease: Psoriasis. I discovered that I have a whole host of food sensitives that cause my psoriasis to flair up. I discovered that I could tolerate eggs, but not from chickens fed corn or soy. So this year, when I decided to raise more chickens, I researched for a corn and soy free feed and found scratch and peck. The chickens love it and are growing big and strong. They’re 12 weeks old now and I can’t wait for eggs. To increase the available nutrition in the feed, I soak and ferment the feed. I use cultured whey that I strain off my home-made greek yogurt and water and soak the feed for a few days before giving it to the chickens. They went through a whole 40# bag of chick starter in 7 weeks (before I started fermenting it) and now that I’ve switched to grower, they are still only about 2/3 of the way through the second 40# bag at 12 weeks. I think mainly it has to do with the fact they are free range, so they are eating kitchen scraps, grass, and bugs, but also because it’s wet, they can’t fling it around and waste it. I think half of the chick starter I fed them ended up thrown away with their bedding. Anyway, quality product and I’ve gotten compliments on how good my chickens look on the backyardchickens forum.

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Just received product today. Appears superior to other feeds Ive purchased in the past. New ducklings arrive any day now. Will let you know in more time how they take to it and how it affects their health. Very excited! Feed arrived 2 business days after ordering. So far so good.

  9. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I am very happy to have found your company. The chicks are now 6 weeks old and the difference in this little flock on your chick starter compared to other chicks we’ve had was amazing. No pasty butt to worry about, healthy, calmer chicks and they grew so fast we were astonished! The powder can be a bit of an issue but I’m thinking fermenting the feed might be helpful for that.

  10. 3 out of 5

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    Is this chick starter for baby chicks that have just hatched? I was told that it wasn’t chick starter. I’m confused . Could someone answer that question for me. Is this feed not to bulky and could cause the chicks to choke easily or am I misunderstanding?

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      Hi there! Yes, our chick starter is safe to feed to chicks that are newly hatched. You’ll want to provide Poultry Grit (for chicks) to aid in digestion. The Chick Starter Kit includes the essentials to make sure your chicks are getting the nutrients they need in the right digestible form for their small bodies: http://www.scratchandpeck.com/shop/chick-starter-kit/.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    First time growing chickens. After extensive research I decided to go with scratch and peck. I currently have 36 4 week old Rhode island reds that absolutely love this feed. I do wish I could buy it locally in the north east around northern NH/ southern Maine.

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