Naturally Free Organic Starter


Rated 4.82 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Naturally Free Organic 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 Naturally Free Organic Starter Feed is a special blend of cracked organic grains, organic flax meal, wild caught fish meal, and necessary vitamins and minerals.

This feed provides baby chicks with enough protein to jumpstart 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 Organic 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 is an excellent way to help ensure your little hens stay happy and healthy. Be sure to provide Cluckin’ Good 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!

Naturally Free Organic 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 Organic Broiler with Corn. Be sure to offer Cluckin’ Good 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”. Refill feeders only after all feed has been consumed (til they “clean up their plates”).

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 Cluckin’ Good 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 Organic Starter! As ducklings mature at a different rate than chicks, we do recommend a slightly adjusted feeding schedule.

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

Is your starter feed medicated?
No, we do not add medication to any of our feeds. Most commonly, medicated starter feeds are used to fight against Coccidiosis. Cocci – protozoan that cause Coccidiosis – are found virtually anywhere chickens are found. Chicks in small-scale flocks are routinely exposed to these normal numbers of Cocci. That is good, as it triggers their immune systems to develop natural resistance.

Amprolium is the name of the medication used in chick feed to treat Cocci infections. If chicks need exposure to develop natural immunity we question the wisdom of routinely feeding medication to control the Cocci.

While chicks raised under highly stressful “factory” conditions would not survive without medication, it is not necessary for the well-managed backyard flock.

Since there is no demonstrated need for such additives we strongly oppose their routine feeding “just in case”. Excess feeding of anti-microbials can lead to resistance on the part of bacteria which in the long run can make them less effective. Over use of these medications can cause unnecessary presence in eggs (despite industry reassurances to the contrary) and will eventually disperse into the environment with unknown, long term effects.

The best way to avoid Coccidiosis is to manage the birds’ environment. Keep it clean & dry and maintain feeders and waterers. Our feeds contain probiotics to help bolster chicks’ natural defenses. Yogurt, buttermilk or raw milk can be used as well to build healthy, good bacteria in their guts for added benefit.

1-2 Tablespoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar per gallon of fresh water aids in digestion and keeps the water clean of harmful bacteria. CAUTION: Never add ACV to a galvanized metal waterer as it can poison your chickens. Always use glass or plastic!

If, by chance, your chicks become ill, try offering them raw milk for about an hour each day for 5-7 days. The beneficial bacteria found in raw milk may help them recover.

Is this feed suitable for turkey chicks?
No, turkey chicks need a considerably higher protein content than chickens. If you are raising heritage breeds we recommend a minimum of 28% protein; standard breeds at 23%.

Does this feed have corn?
Nope. Our Naturally Free line of products does not contain any corn in addition to also being soy free.
Is this feed alright for ducklings?
Ducks – eat (and drink!) more than chickens and have different development phases, requiring slightly adjusted feeding guidelines.
From day 1 through week 4, our Naturally Free Organic Starter is a great choice. You’ll notice an increase in growth (and food consumption) at week four so protein should be decreased to the level of Naturally Free Organic Grower. On average, ducks will begin laying eggs at around 20 weeks so you may switch them to one of our Naturally Free Organic Layer or Organic Layer with Corn feeds around 18-20 weeks of age. If raising broilers (meat ducks), feed your ducklings Naturally Free Organic Grower from 4 weeks to finish at around 8 weeks.
What is the shelf life of your Naturally Free Organic Starter?
Unlike many pelletized feeds, our feeds are whole grain and contain no preservatives. We recommend a 6-month shelf-life.

17 reviews for Naturally Free Organic Starter

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nikolai (verified owner)

    My Red Stars love this feed!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5


    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    anastasia (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. Rated 4 out of 5


    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bikerrn56 (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. Rated 5 out of 5


    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aduckperson (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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dianne (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. Rated 3 out of 5


    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?

    • Scratch and Peck Feeds

      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:

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Calin (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.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brittany Penner

    Hi I am a newbie, I will be getting 50 chick’s in shortly and am wondering how much to buy and what to buy!
    Thank you for providing non gmo organic feed!

    • Scratch and Peck Feeds (verified owner)

      Hi Brittany, 50 chicks will consume around 37 lbs of feed each week. You’ll want to start them off on the Organic Naturally Free Starter for the first 8 weeks, then begin transitioning them to the Organic Naturally Free Grower. We have a feed guide and a supply “chick”list for taking care of the little ones. Those are located on our Helpful Guides page.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenna Fasbender

    Love love love the quality of chicken feed from scratch and peck! Needed food and had bought organic at a local store and it does not compare to scratch and Peck’s! You can tell a difference and the chickens can too!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jason Kephart (verified owner)

    Great for ducklings! My 2 Cayuga ducklings loved this feed! My ducks are so healthy and happy. I did notice that there was very little waste, and that is great thing with ducklings! I couldn’t be happier with my choice of feed! Thank you for the great feed!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dannette Steck

    Purchased the chick starter kit and the babies love the food. I offered both Scratch and Peck Starter along with a competitor crumble and they preferred the S and P Starter! The herbs smell amazing and gave the babies some greens. The chick grit it perfect and they seem to eat it when they need it. Will be buying again!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maikwe Parsons/James Gollmer

    Our chicks just turned 4 weeks old. We received this starter three days ago and yesterday morning I began fermenting it in a quart jar. They went crazy for it this morning, like they did when I would let them eat a treat of ground organic oatmeal from my hand when they were smaller. At first they weren’t too sure, but after a few minutes they caught on that this is GOOD STUFF! I found this company because I wanted an organic feed without corn and soy. Because I only have six chicks, I started by fermenting 1/2 cup. Today I am starting another 1/2 cup until I understand their needs. Of course they have plenty of dry food as well, but this is the first day for this product. I also like the fact I can ask questions of staff.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Audrey Morris

    I began using these wonderful products with my new baby chicks in April 2018. They have grown up with Starter and now Grower. I began fermenting the feed about 2 months ago and they just LOVE it! I know I am feeding my chickens the best organic food available and for even better health fermenting it provides yet another health benefit. Not to mention cuts food bill in half! I will continue using Scratch and Peck and recommend it to all my chicken friends. Thank you so much Scratch and Peck for making such a wonderful product. We are what our chickens eat!

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