organic eggs/chickens?

by Debbie Mc
(Sopchoppy, FL)

i've always given my chickens cracked corn from the feed store, table scraps, veggies from store and let them free range... Would this not be considered raising them organic?

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Jun 17, 2011
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Organic chickens
by: Anonymous

I buy organic grains from whole foods bulk bins... then supplement with organic nuts, and organic fruits and veggies. They also eat bugs and we do not use pesticide in the yard. This is as close as one can get to organic with out certifying...

Oct 24, 2010
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Can I call my Chickens Organic?
by: Anonymous

From one perspective you could say that you are raising your chickens 'organically', as on the face of it you are feeding them only 'good' things. However, it is not that simple.

There are strict rules and regulations that one has to abide by, laid down by the various organic governing bodies that ensures far more than what you are doing at present. And if you were to sell your produce as organic and label it so officially, you would have to make sure that you fall in with their guidelines.

For example, corn is one of the most genetically modified crops around. Are you feeding your chickens organic corn or genetically modified corn? Do you feed them scraps from store bought vegetables that have been sprayed and treated with pesticides and chemicals or are they organic? Do you inoculate your flock or treat them in any way that would be counter to the organic organizations guidelines?

These are just one of the many things to think about when you go into organic chicken keeping. And as you can see, your simple question is a lot more complex in its answer.

If you are serious about raising chickens organically, I suggest you contact your local organic governing body and ask for some guidelines on what they require.

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