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Age Range Description 1-8 Weeks
Target Species Chicken and Ducks
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Organic Starter-Grower Chicken Feed | Purina

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Purina® Organic Starter-Grower feed is certified USDA Organic and is made with non-GMO ingredients. It contains the optimal combination of all the required nutrients chicks need to grow and develop into happy, healthy hens – no need to supplement. 

Purina® Organic Starter-Grower is a complete feed for young laying chickens from hatch to laying age (18-20 weeks). Purina® Organic Starter-Grower feed will provide your birds with the proper levels of energy, protein (18%), vitamins and minerals that are perfect for a strong start and early hen development.

Certified USDA Organic

Fulfills USDA requirements to guarantee the product is made without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)

Essential amino acids

Contains 18% protein and is enhanced with methionine to support muscle and skeletal development

Added marigold extract

For brightly colored beaks and bright plumage

Optimal combination of vitamins and minerals

Help chicks grow into healthy adult birds


Feeding Directions


  1. Feed Purina® Organic Starter-Grower as the sole ration to chickens free-choice from hatch until laying age (18-20 weeks).
  2. At 18-20 weeks of age, feed Purina® Organic Layer. Be sure to gradually transition from one feed to the next.  
  3. Always provide shelter and a constant supply of fresh, clean water. 
  4. Consumption will vary depending upon season of the year, nutritional needs of the animals and availability of other foods.


Store in a dry, well-ventilated area free from rodents and insects. Never use moldy or insect-infested feed.


A feeding program is only as effective as the management practices. Actual results can vary depending upon feed intake, environmental conditions and the quality of management practices.

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What to feed "organic" chickens? | APK News

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An important aspect of feed resources is the risk that organic poultry will compete with humans for protein sources, as 100% organic feeding is based on local feed, requiring no transport and thus no exhaust air pollution. Scientists look for alternatives: algae, insects or earthworms?

nine0002 Italian scientists from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences of the University of Perugia and the Research Center for Animal Production and Aquaculture of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics spoke about how difficult it is to create a balanced organic diet for chickens, using the example of the EU, in an article on the MDPI portal.

“Growth in global poultry meat consumption shows a clear positive trend. Consumers are attracted to poultry products due to the relatively low prices, uniformity of the product, high protein content and lower fat content, and lack of religious issues. Organic poultry farming is also on the rise, growing from 3% in 2017 to 8% in 2019year.

For example, in the European Union, the number of certified organic poultry farms increased from 3% in 2017 to 8% in 2019. In addition, organic poultry production is expected to increase further as an alternative to traditional poultry farming.

In the EU, alternative chicken rearing (i.e. free-range and organic) often breeds slow growing genotypes, which are estimated to be between 2 and 5% of total organic poultry. nine0009
Slow growing genotypes are preferred due to their ability to cope with organic conditions that require access to large open areas.

Indeed, commercial lines of chickens achieve high productivity, but, being precocious, their metabolism in the body is fast and therefore the birds have poor thermoregulatory abilities. In contrast, native backyard chickens or less productive genetic strains are well-adapted to a "natural" environment with a resilience that allows them to survive and reproduce continuously. nine0009
Interestingly, the results of a study comparing large organic broiler farms with the same company's conventional broiler farms in North Carolina showed that the prevalence of fecal salmonella was lower in certified organic birds than in conventionally raised birds and that the prevalence of antibiotic resistance in Salmonella pathogen was higher in conventionally raised birds than in certified organic birds. nine0009
In Sweden, scientists found that Campylobacter jejuni isolated from conventionally raised chickens showed higher resistance to quinolones, nalidixic acid and ciprofloxacin than C. jejuni isolated from organic chickens.

The growth in poultry meat production has been accompanied by structural changes characterized by the emergence and growth of “land-independent” production chains, as well as the intensification and concentration of poultry operations, in which traditional poultry farms purchase most of the feed. nine0009
On the contrary, an organic philosophy should be based on circular agriculture and a close connection with the farm.

In one study of a group of European consumers, the authors of the survey asked for a definition of the "ideal poultry farm".

27% of survey participants noted that the ideal poultry farm should use local feed, preferably grown on the same farm. 23% of the participants stressed that the food used should not be "imported", "should not come from South America" ​​and "not be genetically modified". nine0009
With the exception of the availability of corn and soybeans, where the EU is dependent on imports and far from self-sufficient, organic production is almost entirely up to par.

However, organic feed costs are about 35-40% higher than conventional poultry farms.

Feed plays an important role in organic poultry farming because the dietary needs of poultry are very specific and different from those of ruminants.
nine0009 Poultry meat production is strictly tied to feed quality, as chickens, including broilers, have specific energy and essential amino acid requirements.

In particular, lysine and methionine must be supplied directly with the feed, since birds cannot synthesize them. Methionine is an essential amino acid important for feather growth, protein synthesis and breakdown, feeding efficiency and influences egg mass, laying rate and immune response. At the same time, lysine is especially important for the development of breast muscles. nine0009
Poultry diets are based on corn and soy flour, high in energy, low in fiber and high quality protein, mainly soy.

EU regulations for organic poultry production do not allow the use of ingredients obtained by chemical extraction (eg soybean meal) or synthetic amino acids.

Synthetic solvents for organic poultry production are also banned in Canada, the US and Australia. nine0009
Lysine and methionine are approved for monogastric animals in Canada and the US, however, some US organic certification bodies do not allow the use of synthetic amino acids. In Australia, only methionine is allowed for poultry.

As for soybeans, while 'no deforestation' organic beans are available in the EU (about 10Mt in 2018, about 23% of what is needed), most soybeans come from the Americas.
nine0009 In 2018, the EU imported 15.5 million tons of soybeans from Brazil, the US and Argentina. On the European continent, soybeans are mainly produced in Russia and Ukraine. Current international conflicts make this market unstable and uncertain.

Other sources of protein can be used in organic diets, and it should be remembered that animal proteins usually have a higher biological value than vegetable proteins.

Accordingly, fishmeal is a source of protein for monogastric feeds, however, competition for this resource will intensify with projected population growth as demand for protein-rich agricultural commodities is expected to be high. Therefore, protein sources that do not compete with human food are highly desirable. nine0009
Legumes, for example, are rich in protein with a suitable amino acid profile, but also contain anti-nutritional factors (eg, trypsin inhibitor, lectins, vicin, and convicin) that require heat treatment or other processing steps before being fed to poultry.

It is well known that some crops such as soybean and rapeseed are grown for oil, and concentrated protein meal is made after oil extraction. But as discussed above, EU rules for organic feed prohibit products with chemical solvents. nine0009
On the other hand, corn hybrids with high methionine content are being developed.

Gluten feed is a key ingredient in organic chicken diets. The gluten market is estimated to grow at 5.7% per year, potentially reaching US$1.24 billion by 2026, demonstrating high potential during the said forecast period.

Seaweed is rich in protein and methionine, and high in omega-3 fatty acids, but is very expensive. In addition, the methods of their cultivation are still insufficiently developed. nine0009
Alternative sources of protein (eg earthworms and insects) can contribute to organic poultry production, but several points need to be considered regarding the safety and sustainability of production.

Earthworms, for example, have a well-balanced nutrient profile and an amino acid profile similar to or better than soy or fishmeal.

Insect meal has a higher concentration of protein than soy and, as with soy, leucine is the most abundant nutrient, while lysine levels are usually low. At the same time, the feed substrate strongly affects the nutritional characteristics of insect meal: a high lysine content can only be obtained if special growing substrates are available. The same is true for fatty acid profiles: the composition of the fat is highly dependent on the substrate used during larval development. nine0009
The black soldier fly is one of the most popular fodder insects, but the amount of lysine and methionine in the larvae does not cover the needs of chickens. To obtain a suitable amount of lysine in the prepupae of the black soldier fly, a well-balanced amount of protein and fiber in the substrate is necessary; growth on a standard substrate based on 75% DM carbohydrates results in low lysine prepupae.

Moreover, in order to compete with traditional protein sources and become suitable as animal feed, as well as to meet the growing worldwide demand for protein, the cost of insect meal must be significantly reduced. nine0009
In general, creating a complete diet for organic chickens based on locally produced feed is a difficult task that needs to be worked on.


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Organic Chicken Feed - IKnow

The growth of the organic chicken feed market is likely to skyrocket as the potential for organic poultry production in the United States continues to grow. According to the USDA, the market share of certified organic poultry increased by more than 200 percent from 2005 to 2008. Organic poultry accounted for 1.47% of the market in 2008 compared to 0.69% in 2005.

The Importance of Organic Feed

Organic feed is essential to the organic poultry market. According to the National Organic Program (NOP), organic livestock must meet national standards. For the organic poultry farmer, this means that the farm feed must be 100% organic. This includes:

  • Use only approved pesticides and fertilizers on crops
  • Food cannot be obtained from genetically modified crops
  • Organic standards apply to farmers and organic feed processors
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  • Organic fruit and nut basket
  • Organic Breakfast

Therefore, organic chicken feed is the end product of NOP grown and produced food. The entire manufacturing process is regulated to ensure compliance. nine0003

Poultry statistics

In order to put organic feed in perspective, it is necessary to study poultry market statistics. The USDA estimated that there were over 9 billion certified organic chickens in the United States in 2008. Of this number, 4 percent were laying hens.

The USDA reports that organic farming grew by about 15 percent from 2002 to 2008, with livestock showing the largest growth. Livestock and animal products account for over a third of organic sales. The growth of the organic farming industry bodes well for the products like organic feed that support it. nine0003

Certified Organic Breeding

Organic chicken feed varies by bird species. For example, laying hen feed may include extra protein and calcium for stronger eggshells. Broiler chicken feed may consist of a highly nutritious mixture for rapid growth and harvest. In either case, the food may also contain approved vitamin and mineral supplements.

You are more likely to find organic food that contains whole grains rather than ground grains due to the higher nutritional value. It will contain various grains, depending on the use. Typically, you will find whole wheat, corn, and oats in many blends. They will also contain plant sources of protein such as alfalfa or seaweed. nine0003


Since chickens do not have teeth, birds grind their food in their stomachs with some kind of sand. Crushed granite or limestone are common sources. Usually it is fed free of charge and not necessarily as part of the feed itself. While oyster shells or bone meal perform a similar function, organic foods do not contain animal ingredients.

Protein added

The food will also contain a source of protein for proper development. A mixture of protein sources is often included to ensure that all essential amino acids are consumed. Common sources include germ seeds and nuts such as flax seeds or sunflower seeds. nine0003

As with cereals, non-animal protein sources are preferred. Plant proteins such as nuts are classified as incomplete proteins because they lack at least one essential amino acid.

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