Feed Is Our Craft

Feed Is Our Craft

If you plant a garden every year, you know that no two seasons are alike, that no two plants are alike, that not even two vegetables from the same plant are alike. Even when we are meticulous in our methods of rotating the soil, planting the seeds, watering and tending to the plants, the harvest may be bountiful and beautiful, but it is never identical. So while your homemade vegetable soup or fresh Caprese salad is delicious and nutritious every time you make it, the presentation never looks exactly the same.

That can also be said of our organic animal feeds. The whole grains that Pacific Northwest farmers grow for our feeds can be different varieties, depending on the season. For example, our feeds have included various breeds of wheat, including Hard Red Winter, Hard Red Spring, Durum, and Soft White. Likewise with the raw flax or sesame meal that is used for our products; sometimes these inputs have a fluffier or denser look to them. A variance like warm weather may cause the meals to adhere more to the grains.


Durum Wheat


Hard Red Spring Wheat


Hard Red Winter Wheat


Soft White Wheat


(Photos courtesy of The Bread Lab. Click to enlarge.)

Unlike pelletized or crumbled feeds, those variations are visible from batch to batch, which is important to us. We view our feeds like a craft product, and the beauty of that is that no two are the same. Processed feeds, such as pellets, combine all ingredients into an indistinguishable feed. We want to be able to see each grain of wheat and barley in our Naturally Free Organic Layer feed, not only because we geek out on grains, but because in their natural state they retain their nutrient levels. Regardless of these visual differences from the handmade nature of our feeds, the guaranteed analysis on each product ensures the nutrient value is met as promised.

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We also want to be able to see each ingredient because we can reinforce our quality standards, support our dedication to ingredient purity, and preserve the identity and tracking of our food from field to feed. We work directly with our growers to help them understand the raw quality of our feeds and why we are different from most feed mills who grind all of their ingredients. Each delivery of whole grains or micro-ingredient must meet our high standards or it will not be used in our products.

Occasionally we hear from people regarding a bag of our feed that looks different than previous bags they have purchased. We appreciate that about those who use our feeds – they’re conscientious and connected to their food system from feed to table. We intentionally set up our feed-making process in a way that allows us to accurately track and record every bag of feed. We take a much more “hands on” approach than most feed mills. Each bag of feed has a lot number that can tell us every detail about each ingredient that went into that product. By utilizing small batch production runs, we can ensure accurate and safe quality control.

Although the ingredients in our feeds may vary in size, color, and shape, they are always Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Animal Welfare Approved and meet our high standards —uniquely beautiful, consistently nutritious.


  1. Judi Goulart February 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    what is the consistency of mash style feeds for chickens? I have been feeding pellets as main course and give cracked corn to them for a treat. I would like to try the organic layer with corn instead but not sure what to expect if it is a mash product. Does that mean it is a powdery consistency. I think the hens would like a whole grain better but not sure. Please get back to me so I know what to order. My hens are good layers and two years old. Thank you, Judi

    • Scratch and Peck Feeds February 12, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Judi, our feeds or whole grain feeds, so they are not pelletized or crumbled. The whole grains are able to retain their natural nutritional value. You may find a small amount of fines in the bottom of your feed bag due to transporting the feed, but those fines are highly nutritious as well and can be easily fed to your flock by either fermenting our feeds or mixing the fines with a little water or oatmeal. The Organic Layer with Corn would be ideal for what you are looking for.

  2. Mary Paulette Hensen February 4, 2018 at 8:57 am - Reply

    I’m interested in adding pellets and a fermenting kit to my chickens diet but do not see them for sale

  3. Jen March 4, 2018 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I have always raised ducks and chickens together and have never had a problem feeding them the same. I was out of the game for a couple of years but my little granddaughter has me right back in. This go round we are going organic and I am wondering if ducks will be ok on the same feed?

    • Scratch and Peck Feeds March 5, 2018 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Hi Jen, our feeds are formulated with the proper amount of niacin that ducks need, so you can feed your mixed flock the same feed.

  4. Jennifer March 21, 2018 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I was informed that fermenting is great for our chickens, but I didn’t catch if it was recommended for new chicks?

    • Scratch and Peck Feeds March 22, 2018 at 7:26 am - Reply

      Hi Jennifer, great question! Our Naturally Free Organic Starter feed can be fermented for chicks too.

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