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Re: [meatshare] Free-range / pastured chicken eggs in/around BK?

From: Rob M.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 6:57 PM
It's going to be a rare farmer that you find that doesn't feed their chicks a corn/soy based dry feed, most of which are not even organic because of the cost. The number of chicks that can survive on a piece of land without supplimental feed is low, and production of eggs is much lower. 
If you want the chicks to just eat natural things you might have to get you own and a piece of clean land somewhere. 
I agree that this is best, and I wish someone would start a worm farm to feed chicks for this purpose. 

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On Sep 5, 2011, at 4:30 AM, Giscard Biamby <[address removed]> wrote:

Does anyone know an easy way to get eggs from pastured hens in or around NYC? Preferably Brooklyn, but Manhattan is OK.

Ideally they'd be from chickens with little to no grain feed in their diet (so eating whatever bugs and seeds they find roaming around, or something as close to that as possible). I tried looking about a year ago but it's hard to find solid info about how farmers raise their chickens.

A lot of people who claim free range or whatever still feed hens mostly grain diet, which defeats a lot of the purpose to me for buying pastured. A lot of the times it's more of a situation where hens are free to eat anything else they might find on 'the pasture' when they are let out out of the barn to roam during the day, but the bulk of their diet is grain feed.

I'd also settle for a "simulated" natural diet, where maybe the hens' commercial diet is substantially supplemented with feed worms or insects.

Eggs are sort of meat, right?

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