22 Reviews

Organic Layer Pellets

Suitable for:

  • Chicken 20+ Weeks
  • Duck 20+ Weeks
Organic Layer Pellets are the easiest and most convenient form of feed for laying chickens and ducks. Pellets support consistent, nutritious egg production and their compact shape reduces the amount of food loss from scratching. With every peck you know your flock is getting all the nourishing nutrients they need to flourish.

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Organic Wheat, Organic Peas, Organic Flaxseed Meal, Ground Limestone, Organic Barley, Black Soldier Fly Larvae Meal, Organic Sunflower Oil, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Organic Dehydrated Kelp Meal, Salt, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Organic Vegetable Oil, Hemicellulose Extract, Organic Origanum Oil, Organic Cinnamon Bark Oil, Organic Thyme Oil, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Active Dry Yeast, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Selenium Yeast, Organic Wheat Flour, Penicillium Funiculosum Fermentation Product, Copper Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, and Sodium Selenite

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein MIN|16.0%
Crude Fat MIN|3.0%
Crude Fiber MAX|5.5%
Calcium MIN|3.9%
Calcium MAX|4.9%
Phosphorus MIN|0.5%
Salt MIN|0.2%
Salt MAX|0.7%
Ash MAX|15.5%
Lysine MIN|0.7%
Methionine MIN|0.3%
Protein from NPN MAX|0.1%

Feed Organic Layer Pellets as a complete diet to laying chickens and ducks starting at 20 weeks of age or when laying begins.


Additional Notes
  • Keep feeders full.
  • Offer free-choice Layer Grit to support nutrient digestion.
  • Offer free-choice Oyster Shell for strong eggshells.
  • Always provide clean, fresh water.
Feed Details
  • 16% Protein
  • Soy & corn free
  • Easy to feed
  • Sustainable grub protein
  • Recyclable, compostable packaging
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Organic Layer Pellets


We are proud to be the first feed manufacturer to be both certified organic and non-GMO verified.

  1. Would you be able to show the percentage of each ingredient?

    Caitlin Joseph (verified owner)

    • While we don’t share our formulation, which is proprietary, we are absolutely willing to share our full nutritional analysis in transparency to show that our feed fully supports complete animal nutrition. Please email us at: hello@scratchandpeck.com

      Christine Brenner (verified owner)

  2. I switched from the scratch and peck crumbles to the pellets now that my girls are bigger. They loved the crumble but alot turned to dust while in their feed bowl as they enjoyed it hence the reason I switched. They love the pellets. The pellets are a good size for them since they are Barred Rocks = large hens. When I get home from work I always have to refill their bowls since they demolish the pellets from the morning feeding. Another good thing about the pellets is the squirrels and other rodents aren’t interested in them like the seed feeds. Anytime I toss a handful of seed in their pen as a treat, I always see a squirrel enjoying them as well. I’ve had good shell quality with their eggs too since feeding them this feed the past few months since they started laying. They’re 9 months old. I do supplement with an alternative oyster shell calcium supplement in a small bowl in the pen along with grit, but they rarely touch it now. I guess they get enough calcium from the pellets.

    kimssporty (verified owner)

  3. My Buckeyes love these pellets. I first mixed some into their existing pellets, but that wasn’t necessary because I offered it from my hand before they had even seen the mix and they scarfed the pellets up as is (after tasting one or two first). I am very impressed that the bag had very little dust or fine particles in it, it is pretty much all pellets. Will be buying again!

    alicehp24 (verified owner)

  4. My hens love this feed. I had no issue switching them over to it over 3 days, and their eggs are delicious. They used to pick through the regular S&P layer feed and leave a lot of powder behind. With the new pelleted feed I have confidence that they’re getting all their nutritional needs met! FYI, I know some folks have commented on the pellets being too large. I don’t think that is the case at all. They don’t look enormous and my girls have no trouble or hesitation about eating them.

    In short, another great product from a great company!

    Amber Stewart (verified owner)

  5. This is an update to an earlier review from August 27, 2021. Courtney made it right and helped fix the shipping issue. When the feed arrived the chickens devoured this feed they absolutely loved it. Will be re-ordering again. Thank you!

    5 Stars.

    David Squires (verified owner)

  6. Excellent feed and both chickens and ducks love it!
    Love that it comes in paper bags as well that we can recycle or use in compost .

    CARLA GIACOMANGELI (verified owner)

    • Even the ink we use is toxin free and completely safe for composting. We have heard of a lot of customers using them in their flower beds too! So happy to hear your feathered friends love us; thank you for reaching out!

      Cortney Brown

  7. I absolutely love this feed! (well– I should say my hens do)! The high quality feed makes me feel like a good chicken mama and this is confirmed by how crazy my ladies go for it!
    The customer service at Scratch and Peck Feeds is also top notch. I’m so grateful for this company and play to keep using this feed as long as I have chickens!

    Laura Hamilton (verified owner)

    • We are so glad your hens are happy with us and you too! Thank you for choosing us to feed your girls! 🙂

      Cortney Brown

  8. Absolutely love it. I’ve been fermenting S&P feeds for my flock for the 4 years I’ve been raising them and always felt good about it. (I never had an issue with fines not being eaten due to fermenting, btw.) But my schedule recently became more complicated so I made the switch and I’m so glad I did!

    In addition to saving me time and fuss and freeing me to tend the hens on a more flexible schedule and not because they Need Feed Right Now, there are no more messy troughs to scrub, there is less pecking order drama because they don’t all rush the feed when I bring out fresh ferment, nor do I have the stress of am I feeding too much and wasting it or not enough?

    Most importantly, they love the feed and their combs and wattles are all brilliant red and their laying is excellent so they’re clearly thriving on it.

    Here’s hoping Grower and Starter versions appears one of these days, too. 😉

    khabirawise (verified owner)

    • This is so great to hear! Thank you for your trust in us with your flock. We are so excited about our adventure into pellets and giving everyone the options they need to take care of their feathered friends! 🙂

      Cortney Brown

  9. We never received our order. We contacted the seller multiple times because they sent it to the wrong address. We never received a response… But they definitely billed us for the feed. We cannot give a good review because they didn’t ship it to us. It sounds like our chickens would enjoy this feed but who knows if it will show up if you make an order? Buyer beware.

    David Squires (verified owner)

    • David,
      I am so sorry that your comment was not replied to earlier and your issue was not resolved. I was able to do a little digging and I saw that your previous package made it but this last order definitely had an error in shipping.
      I’m not sure how it happened but we would love to make it right. I personally will be sending you out the item you ordered. Thank you so much for reaching out!

      Cortney Brown

  10. My birds love this stuff. I love that it’s not full of corn AND it’s organic. The pellet size is fine. I have been mixing it with some other feeds because I have bags of the other stuff to use up, but I plan to use mostly this going forward.


    • Lena- I am glad everything has worked out, we appreciate you and all of our customers who take the time to reach out.

      Customer Advocate (verified owner)

  11. My girl loves these pellets! I initially gave them to her as a treat and she would get so excited when I asked if she wanted “bug food”. She has scissor beak (aka crooked beak) and is able to pick them up with no trouble. Now I mix one bag of these pellets with one bag of the organic layer grain feed for her daily food and she’s as happy as can be.

    Tracey Banning (verified owner)

    • Thank you, Tracey- We love hearing from our customers.

      Customer Advocate (verified owner)

  12. Our chickens really liked the Organic Layer feed, but they made quite a mess sifting through it, resulting in a lot of dust and lost bits on the ground. We switched to these pellets to eliminate waste, and it worked! Our ladies were definitely a little less enthused about the change for a day or two, but they quickly settled with it and now eat it happily. There is very little waste and very little feed dust at the bottom of their feeder. We did get one soft egg after the switch, but after putting out oyster shell it hasn’t been an issue again. For reference, we have four large breed layers and live where it gets very COLD in winter and very HOT in the summer. They have been eating this for six+ months and their egg production and quality have been excellent. Yay for healthy, happy birds. 🙂

    Jaye Hopkins (verified owner)

    • Thank you for taking the time to write in Jaye. Switching to the pellets can be a challenge for some flocks, glad you and the girls are happy!
      Scratch and Peck Feeds

      Customer Advocate (verified owner)

  13. I was delighted to learn of Scratch and Peck layer pellet feed! The whole grain was also awesome however my hens picked out only what they liked and ate that. Also the squirrels devoured the whole grain. I found it difficult to purchase soy free feed in my area and corn feed was insufficient and heat producing. My hens are healthy and laying almost daily eggs with nice solid shells. My hens and I love the pellets! Thank you!

    dale wollenberg (verified owner)

    • This is wonderful news. Thank you for sharing.

      Joni Brown (verified owner)

  14. I have been using these pellets on my Buff Orpington’s for the past 4 months or so. They love them. I have read other reviews about the pellets being too big or chickens not liking them. My chicken’s have no problem with them and I know there is less waste and they are getting all they need. Now, if I offer them scratch or the pellets, of course they are going after the scratch, but this is what they love to eat when they need a meal.
    Love Scratch and Peck and this product does not disappoint!

    Try it!

    ad_gaither (verified owner)

  15. I have feed my girls S&P for years. I just couldn’t figure out how to get them to eat the fines. I was envious of other chickens with their bright red combs. I stated the grub pellets by wetting the pellets. They took to it immediately. I no longer wet it and they still love it. Maybe I never had to wet it but they had never had pellets before. My girls look incredible. They are robust with bright red combs. The difference is noticeable. I love this new feed. Thanks for developing it. To anyone that is having trouble getting your chickens to eat it, try wetting it or fermenting.

    Linda Lynch (verified owner)

  16. I purchased two bags. Hens won’t eat it even if I let their other 2 types of feed run nearly out to force them to adjust.. Most of it ends up on the ground. Pellets are too large. Big mistake. I have been buying feed from Scratch and Peck for years and have been satisfied. Not this time. Even with a new batch of hens, who have been on another organic pellet, they avoid it also.

    Zhenna Bouray (verified owner)

    • Hi Zhenna- I am sorry to hear this. Where did you purchase the pellets? Do you use our website? Before our pellets came out I had no experience with a pelleted feed. Before we started marketing it, the employees took the new pellets home and tried them on our own flocks. There were no reports of the pellets being too big, and I have a couple bantams. I have heard many customers say they are too large. I have taken this to our team and they have samples of all pellets currently on the market. Our pellets are standard size, though I see some companies are doing a mini pellets.
      My girls will eat the pellets, but our flagship fermented feed is their favorite. Please let me know how I can make this right with you. Sincerely- Scratch and Peck Feeds

      Joni Brown (verified owner)

  17. Great product! Less waste than the regular organic layer, and it works very well in a gravity-fed hopper-style feeder.
    The eggs we’re getting now are richer, and the yolks are more vibrant and colorful – even when my birds aren’t getting out to forage, the eggs look like they have been.
    It took my birds a few days to adjust (turns out they’re picky?) but once they figured out that they weren’t getting the old food back, they quit complaining.

    Nicholas Bradbury (verified owner)

    • Hey Nicholas! Thanks for the flockin’ fab feedback on our new Naturally Free Layer Pellets + Grub Protein. We’re always happy to hear how much our hens love our legacy feeds. Just like our featherless children, it often takes a bit of coaxing to get them to try something new. Bravo to you for staying strong! Once they get they get the hang of those grubs in every bite, our pellets quickly become a flock fav! #pickypeckers #scratchandpeckfeeds #thingsaregettinggrubby

      Sandra Benton

  18. Hens won’t eat it. I feel like the pellets are too large for birds? Won’t be ordering again.

    Nicole Ballantyne (verified owner)

  19. I’m sure this is a great feed, but my chickens will not eat it. They were desperate and ate some of the smaller pellets, but left the bigger pellets. I was assured by customer service that bantams could eat it, but again, with my large birds eating the small pieces only, there wasn’t many left for the bantams. I broke some of the large pellets in half and thirds for the bantams. I called customer service two different times and although I’ve been a very loyal customer for many years buying the whole grain feed, they wouldn’t refund or allow me to return. Their only advice was to not give the chickens any other food or treats and eventually they would eat it. What a waste of $70. Not trying to speak ill, just wanted to let my experience be known.

    howdysarah (verified owner)

    • Hi Sarah,
      Please feel free to reach out again. We stand behind our products, if you are looking for a refund. Because of our certifications we do not usually take returns. As I did mention to you, my Bantams have no issues with the pellets.
      Thank you, Scratch and Peck Feeds

      Joni Brown (verified owner)

  20. It took my ladies a few weeks to get used to the pellets, but they eventually did when they realized that it was all there was to eat. I am so happy with this product because I know they are getting a quality feed without the waste we had when they were eating the whole grain feed. I also know they are getting the full nutrition they need instead of only eating the parts they liked out of the whole grain feed and possible missing out on some important nutrients. Thank you!

    Molly Lucas (verified owner)

    • YAY!!! Thank you for writing in. Producing a pellet was not an easy decision for us. It started with a poll to our customers a couple years ago, what do you love about us? What do you wish for? Our founder gave us the okay on researching and producing a pellet if met her/our standards. We are very pleased with it. Remember BIRDs are naturally suspicious- but they will adjust.
      Customer Service Advocate

      Joni Brown (verified owner)

  21. I love this feed for a couple of reasons: When I used to purchase your whole grain feed, the girls would eat the grains, but ignore the supplements because they were powdered, which was not good :(. However, with these pellets, each beak-full is complete nutrition! Also, I love BSFL for their nutrition and their sustainability AND the fact that they are ‘clean’ (unlike some other insects, bacteria, etc don’t pass from parent to eggs, so diseases don’t get passed on to the birds – if they raised/fed live.) PLUS, my girls love this.

    I added 25% of this to their current pellet feed and there was no problem at all. Transitioning correctly…so next week will be 50%, then 75%, then fully this!

    Again, I am SOOOOO excited that you have added this product, as I am soooo happy to be back as a customer. I love your company, what you stand for, and what you do. I’m glad that you have a product that works for me/’the girls’ that is organic, non-gmo, and sustainable. Thank you for adding this to your chicken feed line 🙂

    barbara granger (verified owner)

  22. My chickens won’t eat it. I’m sure that the layer pellets plus grubs are top quality. But our chickens have always had Scratch and Peck whole grain feed and won’t touch these new pellets. I integrated the pellets in with the old feed for 3 weeks now and they still don’t eat it. Should I switch to pellet feed only and see if they start eating it?

    Heather Harmon (verified owner)

    • Hello Heather- Birds dislike change, and can be spoiled eaters. If you really want to use the pellet feed then yes, just switch over. They might not eat for a couple days, but they will not starve themselves. Egg production might drop while they go through the process. For my girls I filled an empty milk jug, hung it so it was beak high, and cut 2 nickel size holes on 2 sides. Once they started playing with it and the feed dropped, they started eating. They still prefer the fermented feed, but I switch between pellets, fermented and dry quite often now. I hope this helps. Reach out anytime! Customer Advocate

      Joni Brown (verified owner)