local organic chicken feed available

Thomas Shelley tjs1 at cornell.edu
Mon Jan 3 23:59:45 EST 2011

Dear Friends--Please pass this along to anyone raising chickens who 
might be interested.

I have started buying 60 pound bags of mixed organic flour and grain 
products from Farmer Ground Flour in Trumansburg.  See 
http://farmergroundflour.squarespace.com/ for information on this business.
I am paying 10 cents per pound for a high-quality base for chicken 
feed for our 90 or so laying hens.  The mixed grains are corn, wheat, 
oats, buckwheat and maybe a couple of other grains.  The texture is 
mostly flour or meal-like with some course ground material and 
occasional whole grains.  I purchased a 40 pound bag of Fertrell 
Nutri-Balancer for poultry and a 60 pound bag of fish meal from 
Hilltop Organic Distributors in Dundee NY.  When mixed together they 
make a high quality layer mash that is very similar in appearance and 
texture to the layer mash distributed by Lakeview Organic Grain -- 
for which we pay c. $24 per bag for a 40 pound bag!  My "homemade" 
layer mash is about 1/5 of the cost of the Lakeview mix which makes 
for a much more sustainable chicken feed, as well as supporting a 
local business.  If you would like more information please feel free 
to contact me.  Have a wonderful day.   Tom

Tom Shelley
118 E. Court St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607 342-0864
tjs1 at cornell.edu

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