Naturally Free Organic Layer Feed 16% For Chickens & Ducks

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(20 customer reviews)

Scratch and Peck Feeds Naturally Free Organic Layer Feed 16%  is a special blend of cracked organic grains, organic flax meal, and select vitamins and minerals sourced from North American farms. Similar to Naturally Free Organic Starter and Grower, our Naturally Free Organic Layer Feed 16% contains an optimum level of protein for Stage Three feeding.

This Stage Three feed is appropriate for laying hens ages 20+ weeks that may require extra protein to support increased egg production during molting season. The higher levels of calcium found in this blend help to produce stronger eggshells.

Visit our Learning Center and check out our Helpful Guides and information about feeding your birds.

This feed is suitable for ducks, geese, and all waterfowl.


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Product Description

Scratch and Peck Feeds Naturally Free Organic Layer Feed 16% Protein is a Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified product. While all of our products are soy-free, this product is both soy-free and corn-free.

Scratch and Peck Feeds are a special blend of cracked organic grains, organic flax meal, and select vitamins and minerals sourced from North American farms. Similar to Naturally Free Organic Starter and Grower, our Naturally Free Organic Layer Feed 16% contains an optimum level of protein for Stage Three feeding.

This Stage Three feed is appropriate for laying chickens and ducks at 20 weeks of age or when laying begins. The higher levels of calcium found in this blend help to produce stronger eggshells.

A nutritionally complete premium diet combined with fresh water, a clean coop and nesting environment, and plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and room to roam is among the most important considerations for your flock’s longterm wellbeing.

This feed is suitable for ducks, geese, and all waterfowl.

Practicing Flock Management Best Practices will give your flock the best chance for a long and healthy, happy life. During Stage Three we recommend Scratch and Peck Feeds Cluckin’ Good Layer Grit paired with Cluckin’ Good Oyster Shell and Cluckin’ Good Organic Herbs.

A nutritionally complete premium diet combined with fresh water, a clean coop and nesting environment, and plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and room to roam is among the most important considerations for your flock’s longterm wellbeing. Visit our Learning Center and refer to our Feeding Guides for advice on feeding your flock.

This product is ONLY available in 40-lb bags to wholesale customers and in select retail locations. Visit our online Store Locator Map to find an authorized retail location near you.


Scratch and Peck Feeds thoughtfully sources nutritious whole grains and beneficial ingredients from trusted North American farmers. We produce Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, soy-free premium animal feeds, supplements, and treats for chickens, ducks, turkeys, goats, sheep, and pigs.

Certified Organic | Non-GMO Project Verified | Soy-Free | Premium Animal Feeds

Your hens should be approaching their full grown size at approximately 20 weeks of age. Begin introducing Naturally Free Organic Layer 16% gradually to allow for a slow adjustment to the new feed formula. This is more important when switching from a different type of feed such as crumbles or pellets as your chickens may not immediately know how to consume a mash style feed.

Refill feeders only after all feed has been consumed (til they “clean up their plates”). Trough feeders provide the best access to our whole grain feeds. Be sure to offer fresh water, plenty of Cluckin’ Good Layer Grit and you can begin to supplement oyster shell at this age.

Feel free to continue offering Organic 3-Grain Scratch or Organic Scratch n’ Corn by tossing around their run to promote foraging (scratching and pecking) or use as a training tool!

You can also boost the nutrients by fermenting your flock’s feed. Browse our Helpful Guides for more resources on how to use our feeds to optimize your flock’s health.

Organic Wheat, Organic Barley, Organic Peas, Organic Flaxseed Meal, Ground Limestone, Fish Meal, Organic Flaxseed Oil, Vitamin and Mineral Premix

Can I feed this to my ducks, geese, or other waterfowl?
Yes! Our Layer feeds can be fed to ducks and geese and are suitable for all waterfowl.
My birds aren’t laying this time of year. Is it okay to switch to Naturally Free Organic Grower instead of Layer for winter as they don’t need the added calcium/minerals in the layer?
Yes, you can, however, we recommend sticking with Layer feeds as your birds are large enough to process the additional calcium.
How much do laying hens eat?
You can plan on a hen eating about 1/3 pound of feed every day. This amount will depend on many factors including access to free range pasture, weather and occasionally breed type.
What is the shelf life of Naturally Free Organic Layer 16%?
Unlike many pelletized feeds, our feeds are whole grain and contain no preservatives. We recommend a 9-month shelf-life.

20 reviews for Naturally Free Organic Layer Feed 16% For Chickens & Ducks

  1. miriamdrennan (verified owner)

    The only feed my hens receive! Scratch & Peck takes the worry out of raising chickens, because they have done the extensive legwork to ensure quality control. My hens gobble up their feed and other products. I love the versatility of the layer feed, too—they usually eat it straight out of the bag, but every now and then I will ferment or make them a warm mash for cold mornings. They gobble it up, no matter how it’s served, so none of it goes to waste. I have a steady supply of eggs no matter the season, and this is in part because Scratch & Peck keeps my hens happy!

    • Customer Advocate (verified owner)

      Thank you Miriam, we are so happy you and your hens are happy! Thank you.
      Scratch and Peck Feeds

  2. Lawrence Koenig (verified owner)

    I’ve used Scratch and Peck for a few years, since it was first recommended by the neighbor who introduced me to the joy of chickens. I have since become convinced that eggs can provide much of the nutrition I need to stave off dementia especially if I can fee the hen’s right. So, over a basis of S&P, the girls, who live on top of a 60 x 60 foot compost pile from which they constantly feed themselves, they get additional earthworms (which inherently contain the omega 3 fat, EPA) and selected neighborhood weeds daily that have nutritive value. I believe “You are what your animals eat” and am glad to have S&P be the basis of that.

  3. Jennifer Carpenter (verified owner)

    My chickens love this feed. Since I have so many I only use it as a treat and not their main grain. It would be too expensive otherwise.

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you Jennifer. We are doing our best to be able to reach everyone who loves our feed.
      Best to you and your flock!
      Scratch and Peck Feeds

  4. Daniel Riley (verified owner)

    My chickens love the Scratch and Peck feed, they mostly free range but I know they are getting all their nutrients with this feed to supplement their diet. I ferment the food, which is really easy to do, and add the herbs to it daily. My hens are incredibly healthy and can really tell with the quality and taste of their eggs! I got the subscription which I highly recommend, it makes it easy to have the feed delivered to my door at regular intervals so I don’t have to think about getting more when I am low or forget to get more feed.

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you for taking the time to check in. We really appreciate it!
      Scratch and Peck Feeds Customer Service

  5. Tammy Fenske (verified owner)

    My girls love this stuff, they look healthy and happy. What more could a chicken mom ask for!

  6. Heather Scarbrough (verified owner)

    Only the best to say about Scratch and Peck chicken & duck layer feed. Quality product for sure! I soak mine everyday to get the most nutrients out of the grains for our chickens. Real easy to do. Have only had the best experience with Scratch and Peck Company. Thank you so much for your great service and excellent organic products. Gives me peace of mind, and so happy to support a great company. I’ll be a customer as long as they are in business!

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you Heather!

  7. Jason Neuswanger (verified owner)

    As a long-time customer, I have not tried this product. However, my ducks eat it all the time. They like it.

  8. MoHoRo (verified owner)

    From the slogan to the quality of feed, everything is 5 star and has been for the 2 years we have been purchasing your feed! Our hens love your feeds and treats! Thank you!

  9. Justin St. Germain (verified owner)

    The proof is in the vitality and resilience of the flock. I am a Constitutional Capitalist; I expect healthy results in terms of eggs produced and in the health and well-being of my birds, who recently lost their rooster, Silver, who fought off a 70 pound Husky stray to safeguard them. They need a good feed mix to adapt to this hierarchical shift. Thanks Scratch and Peck for the help. Make a flock great again!

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Hi Justin- Thank you for reaching out and being a supporter of our feed. I am sure the girls were very stressed to lose Silver. Hoping you can find another super hero to guard your girls.
      Scratch and Peck Feeds

  10. Christine Huxtable (verified owner)

    My two hens stopped eating their commercial crumbles for whatever reason, so I started to feed them Scratch and Peck feed. I still mix a little of their crumbles in the Scratch and Peck feed, and they wind up picking out the Scratch and Peck and leaving the crumbles. Can’t fool those girls.

    • Sandra Benton

      Thank you for this nice note, Christine. It’s true! Picky peckers prefer Scratch and Peck Feeds. Cluck!Cluck!

  11. pamela hughes (verified owner)

    Great feed!

  12. nndawkins1 (verified owner)

    Amazing feed my chickens love it 🥰

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you!
      Scratch and Peck Feeds

  13. Megan Berner (verified owner)

    My chickens LOVE this feed. And, I feel good feeding it to them knowing it is organic and contains no filler. They are happy, healthy girls, and their eggs are delicious–they lay year-round with no supplemental lighting, etc. Thank you for providing great feed and other products for my small backyard flock.

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      YAY! Thank you for taking the time to reach out.
      Scratch and Peck

  14. denisedowns23 (verified owner)

    Scratch and Peck layer feed is the ONLY food I give my chickens. I love that it’s organic, and real grains, instead of processed mystery pellets, and my chickens LOVE it too! Absolutely the best chicken food to keep your flock happy and healthy!

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you for commenting Denise. We appreciate it!
      Scratch and Peck Feeds

  15. pamt1985 (verified owner)

    Only the best for my girls! I have spoiled them from the start and feel great about it. I can count on the products I get from Scratch & Peck Feeds—from starter to grower to layer—and I love supporting this company. They sure seem to be doing right by their customers and employees. Thank you!

  16. EP (verified owner)

    We’ve been using Scratch and Peck since we got our first chicks 4+ years ago. We’ve had fabulous results using this feed: great egg production with no heat or light supplements through winter in the northern states, amazing quality eggs, and very healthy chickens. Shell strength is also amazing. We don’t have to supplement oyster shells because the girls’ egg shells are so thick already. It’s also great to have a whole grain option with no corn or soy, which is how I found this company in the first place. A+ all around, and thanks for the amazing product!

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you! The best compliment is a great review. We strive to be transparent with our Customers- we couldn’t do this without YOU!
      Customer Service Advocate

  17. Coopzville (verified owner)

    I have been using this feed for quite awhile now. I mix it with water and add some of the organic herbs-my girls love it! I serve it first thing in the morning, and when I go out around noon, it is all gone-no waste. My chickens are healthy and good egg layers-my family can’t wait to get their eggs! I also appreciate the shipping using FedEx-always comes quickly and not damaged!

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you, for taking the time to write in. We couldn’t be the company we are without you!
      Scratch and Peck Feeds isn’t about being the biggest, it is about feeding the creatures that sustain us in the best way possible. It is how this company started. If you have time- read about our Founder Diana, and her search to feed her chickens the best feed possible.
      Customer Advocate

  18. Emily Gaston (verified owner)

    My girls love this corn!!

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Thank you! Thank you for reaching out.
      Scratch and Peck Feeds

  19. diana alexander (verified owner)

    I have used Scratch and Peck ever since my first batch of chicks about 3.5 years ago now! They have the most amazing eggs, orange yolks, and they have been very healthy! I must compliment you all on the fast shipping and the use of FedEx. I always get my feed in a timely fashion, and that means a lot. Thanks for the great product and customer service!

    • Joni Brown (verified owner)

      Cartwheels!! Thank you for writing. Our feed and our customers are what makes us great!
      Customer Advocate

  20. Six Bar Ranch (verified owner)

    Our chickens LOVE Scratch and Peck! We have a lot of free ranging chickens and a small fermenting operation. Our hens are happy and healthy and while egg productions slows down in the winter, our egg production is much higher during these periods compared to hens being fed a commercial feed diet. I add Cluck N Good herbs to their feed each morning, along with supplements from Fresh Eggs Daily. Our egg customers can’t say enough good things about our eggs and we consistently sell out. The price is definitely more than pelletized feed from your local feed store, but I believe much of the cost is offset with the overall health of the hens, egg production and the quality of the eggs. Not to mention, fermenting really helps the feed stretch further.

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