Gluten-Free Poultry

Our feeds are custom-developed especially for our various heritage-breed chickens. Our feeding protocol is  specifically for our "Terroir" heritage-breed chickens, grown by free-range & foraging methods, in small, urban style settings, and on our small family farms. 

Comprised of Certified Organic, and 100% grain-free, superior, well balanced ingredients, providing a nutrient-dense food for our multi-purpose chickens, hens, roosters, pullets, chicks, and cockerels.

We get superior results,  for!
*Garden Pets

Our feeds do not contain any potentially harmful, useless or filler ingredients, such as: 

GLUTEN-FREE & NO Corn, No Soy, No Wheat, No Barley, No Flax Seeds, No Fishmeal, No Antibiotics!

FLAX (1. Can alter hormone metabolism. 2. Raw flax seed contains a toxin called thio-cyanate, a cyanide-like compound. 3. This toxin can be found in the blood after eating raw flax seed.  4. inhibits the production of enzymes necessary to synthesize cholesterol, needed for healthy brain. 5. can cause an off flavor in meat and eggs).

FLAX-OIL: Flax seed oil can hardly be classified as a "natural" product. It is highly processed and refined, making it no more natural than White Sugar (or even aspirin which originally came from the bark of the white willow tree).

FISH MEAL (1. a highly processed, nitrogen fertilizer, containing 60-75% protein. 2. can contain high levels of histamines and can be toxic. 3.can cause gizzard erosion and black vomit in poultry. 4. Can cause an off flavor in meat and eggs. 5. Can contain mercury. ). 

COCONUT PULP (A useless by-product, derived from processed coconuts. 1. is not a classified food-source for human or animal consumption. 2. no nutrient value. 3. Can cause diarrhea. 4. can cause prolapse of  the vent.). 
Those ingredients could cause harmful, or unfavorable effects. 

Click to read research, abstract & references.
Poultry do not produce enzymes for the
hydrolysis of Non-Starch Polysaccharide present in the 
cell wall of the grains and they remain un-hydrolyzed. 
This  results in low feed efficiency. Research  work  has
suggested that the  negative effects of  NSPs can  be
overcome by dietary modifications

About Most Poultry Feed.
1. Most chicken feeds contain grains, and grains are accompanied by added artificial enzymes, and bacteria..
2. Chickens do not, naturally produce the digestive enzymes, to break down heavy grains.
3. Chickens convert grains to energy, and it is a myth, that only grains can be supplied for energy. The fact is that grains are simply the cheapest form.

The pancreas breaks down carbohydrates. 

Hormones from the pancreas affect the level of sugar in blood. The pancreas also contains cells that regulate the secretion of insulin. 

Over working these organs, and forcing the organs to digest hard, heavy grains can cause problems, such as candida, yeast overgrowth, and fungus. These issues could potentially lead to organ failure or even cancer.

Amylase is one of the digestive enzymes required to break down and split starches,  and heavy grains. Studies have shown that the daily net secretion of amylase in chicks, is as low as d-4. Certainly not enough to digest any heavy grains. 

This is why most feeds contain artificial enzymes, and certain added bacteria to help the birds digest heavy grains, through the intestine. 

Undigested grains cause problems in the intestinal lining. It can throw off the balance of bacteria and lead to various complications as they grow and age.

When feeding chickens a grain & gluten-based fodder;
They are being force-fed  indigestible food, instead of a high density, nutritional value fodder. You’re feeding your chickens things their body can’t use, and possibly neglecting them of the high density, nutrition values which they require to grow a healthy brain, muscle structure, nervous system, bone and feathering structure, and healthy organs.

Chickens do not go diving into ponds, lakes, rivers or oceans and process fish or fish fertilizers.
Chickens do not fly 30-98' into the air, knocking over coconuts, splitting them open with an ax.
Chickens do not fly up to a corn stalk, perch and peck at corn, through the husk.
Chickens do not, EVER, voluntarily eat flax-products, unless forced.
Chickens do not EVER, eat raw, unprocessed, uncooked soy beans or soy products (poisonous).
Chickens do not cook.
Chickens are NOT vegetarians!

More Interesting facts:
Most grains are "High Risk for G.M.O's" even when certified organic. 

Please don't hate the messenger, simply do a little bit of research, read the references, conduct an on-farm study, and do a little bit of home work. It is important to know about livestock and animals. especially when producing high density, nutritional foods!

Gluten-free may not be the best method for you, your profit-margin, your finances or your goals. 

Here at Rainbow Ranch Farms, it is important to maintain a very healthy flock. We are heritage poultry breeders, growers and producers.  We offer only, the most highly nutritious, farm-to-plate meat and eggs,  to all our farm members, and customers. 

We are farmers, and ranchers, growing heritage-breeds of multi-purpose, cattle (beef), hogs (pork), sheep/lambs, rabbit, and birds. 

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  1. So you say don't feed them all these foods; well then what do I feed them? Also chickens don't have to fly up to get these foods like corn or coconuts they eventually fall off the plant to make them excess-able to chickens. Also there is much research on lax seed and chickens saying it is good for the chickens. I would love to learn more on what you are saying please enlighten me.

  2. What do you feed your chickens then, since everything you've listed is in commercial chicken feed? Would you share a recipe?

  3. i echo the other comments. i am sincerely interested in learning what you feed your chickens.

  4. considering the post is about free range and all natural foraging methods that would mean the chickens are eating what would be there natural diet not the ones humans created for them to turn a quick buck.

    soy, grain and corn are cheap mass produced agricultural products that bring in alot of money. also cause health problems down the road.human beings arent suppose to eat it either.

  5. Where can I find your eggs for purchase?

  6. Interesting article which talks about chicken food.Whether it is natural, organic or other type, the food must have nutritional value. Different types of poultry feeds are available as bulk or bagged feeds.

  7. I echo the other comments: what do you feed your chickens? Due to allergies, we are looking for feed supplement ideas for our flock. We do pasture ours, but we need to supplement, especially during winter months, when there are no insects/pasture available for them.
    It looks like you've got something figured out, that I'd like to know, please. Thank you for a reply.

  8. VERY interesting... I have been telling friends that raise chickens that they were feeding them incorrectly...

    As you say, chickens are OMNIVORES !!!

  9. nice blog !! i was looking for blogs related of animal feed supplement . then i found this blog, this is really nice and interested to read. thanks to author for sharing this type of information.

  10. Very nice blog and useful too, we also provide animal feed supplement for all poultry birds, livestocks.

  11. I think you folks now exactly what is going on when it comes to taking care of animals! Do you have a recommendation for a gluten free feed for quail? I have very limited space for them to roam on the ground freely so I will need to supplement with either a commercial feed or make my own.
    thank you

  12. Nice to be visiting your blog, Well this article that I've been waited for so long.

    organic soybean meal

  13. Where can we purchase your eggs and/or chickens for cooking?

  14. Are you willing to share your feed recipe is. I am interested in learning more about it.

  15. Where can I purchase your eggs in Brooklyn New York? What is included in your chicken feed? Looking forward to your reply.
    Thank you!

  16. Where can we purchase your eggs in the NYC Metro area? Are you able to share what you actually feed your chicken?
    Looking forward to your reply.


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