Deer Run Farm is happy to announce that we will soon (in 2024) be offering our very own farmer-grown, farmer-made and farmer-used chicken feeds.
About Our Feedery
The "feedery" started in 2023 after we received grant funding to help with the purchase of a new grinder mixer that would allow us to meet capacity demands for our chicken feeds. We have always made our own feeds for our own flocks so it only made sense for us to start offering those feeds to our customers too. We are firm believers in being able to provide for our animals from start to finish and this has always included using our own land and crops to make their feeds.
Our chicken feeds have been specifically formulated and balanced by a poultry nutritionist to offer our heritage breed chickens the optimum feed rations to meet their nutritional needs. It is important to note that most chicken feeds sold elsewhere were designed with only the basic nutritional needs of the average chicken being met. Consideration for the breed of chicken (could be heritage breed, commercial breed or a hybrid breed) and how they will be raised were not at top of mind when developed. In general, these feeds are typically already at least a month old by the time they hit the shelves of your local feed supplier. That means the nutritional value of the feed has already significantly diminished by the time it is fed to your flock.
Deer Run Farm's feeds will always be fresh at the time of purchase from us. We can guarantee this as these are the same feeds we will be making to feed our own flocks weekly. We offer 4 types of chicken feed: starter, grower, developer and layer. Each type of feed targets a specific growth stage of the chicken. Our feeds have been designed to roll right into one another every 7 weeks when starting from day old chicks.
Chicks should start on our starter feed and remain on the starter feed for 7 weeks. At 7 weeks old, the juvenile chick can then start on our grower feed. At 14 weeks old it will be ready to transition to our developer feed and then finally make the last switch to our layer feed at 21 weeks old when they've reached point-of-lay.