Scratch and Peck Feeds
Tell us about your business.The idea for Scratch and Peck Feeds was hatched in my own backyard as I searched for clean feed for my hens. Backyard chickens enjoy a renewed popularity as folks strive to regain control of their food sources. Chickens are perfect partners by providing delicious eggs and keeping the garden free of bugs. Clean feed means organic and GMO free. I mixed my first ton in a borrowed cement mixer which was quickly deemed unsustainable! After contracting out the mixing to another mill I decided to build my own thinking, how hard can it be? I soon learned how hard it can be! but with the help of family and a great crew we created a sustainable model. Our feeds sell at many independent feed and pet food stores, nurseries and natural food stores. Many small farms use our feeds and we are the #1 chicken feed on Amazon.There is a huge need across the US for small feed mills using locally grown organic grains.We may expand by replicating our model in other regions. You are what your animals eat!
What makes your business stand out?In the feed industry soy and corn have long been the main ingredients fed to most livestock. Because most soy is now genetically modified (GM) we make our rations without it. 100% soy free. When we use corn we make certain it is organic and contains no GM markers which is verified in a certified lab. We buy our organic grains direct from the farmers who grow them so we can be confident our high standards of quality are consistently met. We source as close to home as possible to reduce our carbon footprint and to help support our local farmers and communities rather than the huge Agribusinesses. Most feeds on the market are highly processed with steam heat and then extruded through dies which we feel denigrates the nutritional values of the ingredients. Instead, we leave our grains whole and intact just the way nature delivers them and as chickens love them best.
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