Our local source for organic chicken feed is having difficulties making crop this year. If you are a traveler or a resident of these parts, that would come as no surprise. He and his family will choose to use what they grow on their own livestock.
This may seem like a small matter to those who are not familiar with such doin's. When we began our little Farm which included raising chickens, we bought feed from local farm feed stores. Organic was not an option. GMOs were assured. In fact, we had a hard time even discussing in conventional circles the standards we were trying to uphold. I suppose that is no surprise.
Then, this wonderful farmer (and his family) who operated along those standards appeared in our lives. We switched over to local feed, organically grown, for the littles and the Big Hennies. It was a dream come true.
The difference was astounding. Diseases were less prevalent in the flock. I am sure that you cannot measure this because it is rather something that one feels. The vibrant energy, the living energy, of the birds fed on the organic feed was simply astounding. We were hooked.
Our worst fear through it all was that some day we would lose that source. It looks like that will be soon. We wish the grower and his family all the best. They are providing a remarkable service. A door closes and another opens. I wonder what it will be.