RAISING POULTRY, NATURALLY

Our spokes-chick! Clemetine approved

Raising chickens naturally and holistically has been a passion for Jordanne these last nine years. During those years she’s acquired a lot of knowledge and know how which is now available to help you naturally boost your backyard flock.

Jordanne’s had this product in mind for years now and it’s great to see her (finally) start this new venture and we are excited to offer our fellow homesteaders.

One surprise down, a few more to go!

The moment you put an animal behind a fence or provide it designated living quarters, you are taking on full responsibility for the life of that animal. If you are a person of conscience, then you want to treat the animal with kindness and concern and care for its comfort and safety. To provide the best care for any animal, one has to realize that nature and instinct, if left to its own devices, can provide the best. There is no way that we can improve upon nature.

Chickens and ducks are driven to choose what to eat based on instinct. In nature, they are not sole grain feeders but omnivorous birds that thrives on fresh vegetation, bugs, and even lizards and mice. Most poultry feeds eliminate the variety- leaving only grain and that alone makes for a sickly bird.

I have studied multiple books about poultry and very few dedicate any page space to the healing of illness and disease. The general belief is that chickens are cheap, short-lived and when they get sick, the best thing is to put them down because it is all too much trouble. But why does it have to be that way? If we take the time and responsibility to raise a healthy bird, the diseases, parasites and illnesses become afterthoughts. In the long run, prevention will be the best way. Sure, bad things will happen and every animal is mortal, but by concentrating on the holistic balancing of the body through minerals, vitamins and herbs, you can help not only the bird but also yourself — for the health of poultry is transferred to you via eggs (or meat, if you are a meat eater).

This feed supplement mixture comes from my long time observation of chickens and ducks (what and how they eat) as well as from our family’s knowledge of herbs. It is used on my own chickens and ducks. Several years ago, when I raised batches of chicks for selling I used the ingredients in this formula. To this day, people tell me that the chickens obtained from me were the healthiest, most adjusted and have some of the best plumage. I’m excited to be now marketing this supplement because I am passionate about caring for poultry holistically and bringing them back to their natural state and far away from the constant over-medication the poultry industry claims they need. — Jordanne Dervaes

POULTRY SUPPLEMENT

An herbal dietary supplement that is all natural with no artificial chemicals or synthetic medications. This formula was developed using ancient knowledge of the power of herbs combined with personal, hands-on experience caring for poultry.

We have raised many unmedicated, unvaccinated chickens without any instances of coccidiosis, diarrhea, pasty-butt, or mareks disease. Most commercially prepared poultry foods are not complete and balanced. Although they may offer the basics to keep a chicken alive, they don’t provide all the trace nutrients and diversity of minerals a foraging bird would consume. Additionally, most poultry are prevented by confinement from feeding naturally. A chicken or a duck, if allowed to roam its natural habitat, will forage for a wide variety of foods and glean essential minerals from the soil, thus consuming its own preventative treatments from herbs, plants and dirt.

This is a blend of tonic (nutritive) herbs. Tonic herbs are used to attempt to improve general health, boost energy levels, and improve body tone. It is also fortified with vitamins and minerals for healthy growth and sound development. Holistic therapies address the health of the entire animal by gradually balancing the systems of the body, strengthening the immune system, and preventing disease.

The combination of herbs in this formula is traditionally used as a preventative and to build a stronger immune system so poultry can more easily fight viruses, parasites, and disease.

Safe for chicks and ducklings! Get your babies off to a healthy start!

Ingredients: Colloidal trace minerals (contains over 40 vital minerals from the soil and the sea) , Tonic Herb Blend, Kelp, Powdered Probiotics, Yeast Culture (powdered and dried fermentation of raw liquid and cereal grains), Garlic, Vitamin and Protein Mix (contains some soybean flour)

We offer four different mixes:
– CHICKEN MIX ( 1 lb 15 oz)
– SOY-FREE CHICKEN MIX ( 1 lb 10 oz)
– DUCK MIX Contains more Brewer’s Yeast for Niacin requirements ( 2 lb 15 oz)
– SOY-FREE DUCK MIX (2 lb 10 oz)

DIRECTIONS: Mix 1 package with 25 lbs of feed. Store in a cool, dry place.

Introductory special! Buy more and save!
1 package – $18.00
2 packages – $30.00
3 packages – $40.00
4 packages – $50.00

ORDER YOURS TODAY

(Note: Discount will be deducted from your order total after the order is received.)

Disclaimer: The products offered on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease. The information and statements presented on this site have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The use of herbs and essential oil for the prevention, treatment, mitigation or cure of disease has not been approved by the FDA or USDA. We therefore make no claims to this effect. This formula is based on the traditional and historic use of herbs as well as personal experience and is provided for general use only. It is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or promote any direct or implied health claims. This information and products are not intended to replace professional veterinary and/or medical advice.

If you are frequent visitor to homesteading sites, poultry message boards, spread the word. Remember if you do purchase this product and see good results, please take time to leave feedback. If you are a blogger, writer and would like to write a review of this product (or chickens, ducks, goats for that matter) contact Jordanne at jordanne(at)pathtofreedom(dot)com

Comments(39)

  1. Amber says:

    Do you mix this with scratch or with your flock feed crumbles. I have been combing several types of feed together to get a good protein and mineral ratio.

    • Anais says:

      @Amber, This herb, mineral supplement can be mixed with BOTH scratch and crumbles.

      • Amber says:

        @Anais,

        Great I’ll buy a few bags and save it for the winter when the greenworks go to sleep around here.

        • Anais says:

          @Amber: It will be great winter feed boost for your gals – contains LOADS of great stuff including garlic!

  2. Nancy R says:

    I found out yesterday that someone has stated a petition in my town in Florida to allow us to keep chickens. I was the 129th signature, so maybe it will get somewhere, who knows. Nancy

  3. Chris says:

    You all never cease to amaze me! I don’t raise chicken’s yet, but I agree with your eloquent and insightful philosophy about caring for any animal you take into your home. Also, I did not know that chickens were not just supposed to feed on grain so thank you for the Chickens 101 tutorial. I will be sure to tell my local source for organically grown eggs about your product. For several years I bought grocery store organic eggs until I read that the shells are permeable and they are required by law to be rinsed in any combination of lye, cholorine, etc. EWWW!!! More info can be found here: http://www.encognitive.com/node/10275 (scroll down to the egg section). It makes what you are doing all the more important to educate people about where their food comes from and how it is processed. Thank You again!

  4. Kathryn says:

    We can’t have chickens because of our current lifestyle (away from home 2 nights a week, which means no dogs, either). But i was so excited to learn that our neighbor has hens, that is until, trying to assure me of their health he informed me they “add all the recommended antibiotics to their water.” πŸ™ Why? His hens are free-range during the day, in a pen at night (because of the coyotes). They would be perfectly healthy without that stuff. Only the animals in confinement & not well cared for would need drugs.

    I was disappointed to lose what i thought would be a very good, local source of eggs.

    • Chris says:

      Kathryn, I so agree with you. It has me pondering the whole “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” … okay … but what if the grower is using GMO seeds and/or other pesticides/herbicides? I struggle with this as I want to support Buy Fresh/Buy Local, but I also want to build soil biodiversity and support those local farmers who are growing organically and “growing soil biodiversity”. That said, keep looking. There probably is a local source for organic eggs. You may want to check with your regional Organic Farming Association for a resource.

  5. Janice says:

    You guys are AWESOME! We are in progress of designing a coop and learning what we can from books about chickens. Of course, hands on experienced advice is the best way to learn but, when we finally have a place for our small flock, we’ll be buying your EGGcellent supplement mixes!

  6. Cherry says:

    I wish I could buy some but I live in NZ!!! Im into the whole holistic principles too and I make sure my girls get plenty of greens in a variety of sources, worms,garlic and they get a lot of their grit from the soil. They also get left over milk. Our girls are all healthy and very happy and I love that we have this wonderful supply of completely healthy eggs but also that i get to rescue hens from the local battery farm. To see them develop their natural instincts over time is amazing after nearly a couple of years in cages. Our hens continue to lay an egg a day NEARLY every day even though we are in the middle of Winter! Thanks for the inspiration
    Love Cherry

  7. Jed says:

    Maybe someone can help me out with my dilemma concerning this whole local movement. At one point, I am being urged to buy local, be more self sufficient, etc., and I am really trying. But then the online communiity supporting this movement is always “encouraging” me to buy something online and have it shipped sometimes 1-2 thousand miles.

    Here I am being asked to buy something to feed my chickens that needs to be shipped across the country (me living in NY). I’m obviously missing something, I understand people need to support themselves, but what measuing stick am I to use in determining when the buy local rules should be ignored for a higher cause?

    Wouldn’t it be better within the context of localizing one’s life to make the recipe available and then encourage us to go out locally and buy the ingredients?

    I’m really trying to embrace the lifestyle of local suffieciency, but it is hard when everyone involved seems to want me to buy from them regardless of there location. How do I show/demonstrate integrity and possibly lead the way with my neighbors concerning buying local when they constantly see the UPS truck pull up with another needed gadget or item?

    I guess I am just confused and if my question, though from the heart, seems inflamatory or misguided, feel free to remove immeadiately.

    It was hard writing/sending this comment but if I can’t ask you these questions (people I have looked up to and attempted to model in my own small way for so long) then who can I ask? If this is the wrong context for airing this concern, again, remove immeadiately and accept my sincere apology.

    jed

    • Chris says:

      I don’t think it’s an unreasonable question at all Jed. I live on Cape Cod and have purchased several items from the Dervaes family (seeds, ollas) and have been more than pleased with every purchase. I know I am supporting an organic farming family with integrity and social conscience even if they are 2000 miles away. We have greatly reduced other purchases. The quality of the products, uniqueness and the importance of it’s use (especially seeds), functionality and the ability to re-use are all factoring elements in my purchases. Also, I “vote with my dollar”. It is important enough, for me, to support those individuals and organizations tirelessly working to preserve organic standards and sustainability admist a see of Corporate Media advertising/product which are harmful to humanity and the environment. If I did not have access to the Dervaes family, their 20 years of homesteading self-taught experience on such a small space, etc., I would not be as far along as I am now. They show me “the possibilities” that are viable. The end result is that it saves me time and money in the long run. I also have issues with the “buy fresh, buy local” if that farmer is not using organic farming practices and unknown seed source. It is a personal choice in the fabric of our culture and I don’t believe it is an all or nothing choice. Everyone is different with their social conscience, lifestyle and budgetary concerns. As long as we do our best and we have peace about our choices in our hearts, then I think “it’s all good” and I do believe that “we overcome evil (aka Monsanto Empire) with good”. Peace, love and joy to you.

      • Nancy R says:

        Chris, I couldn’t agree with you more. I want to support the Dervaes family in any way I can because their work has meant so much to me and the way I am trying to live my life.

        • Marie says:

          @Nancy R, Many of us have been struggling with this concept of how far to go with self sufficiency as discussed above. In a perfect world the ideal would be to have each one make his own supply or, better yet, have a community of individuals helping one another. Since none of us are in the perfect situation, we have to do the best we can in present circumstances.

          Ask yourself if you would buy a book on chicken raising or building a house if you needed some info and no one you knew was knowledgeable. It’s an imperfect world so you buy books that use trees and energy to produce and ship them. Ask yourself if you support people like the Dervaes family who do give out info freely on their website yet have developed a special chicken supplement (not feed) from years of raising chickens that works. They could, I guess, give us the info for making ollas, etc., if they had the info but, then,who has the time to make every last thing they need. If you don’t want to buy the chicken supplement but would like one, then go ahead and work on your own recipe as the Dervaes did for years. Follow their philosophy and DIY from scratch. No one is stopping anyone from finding their own recipe that works. It’s just something they are offering for those who would like it. To me, there is no conflict.

          • Anais says:

            @Marie: I am happy for Jordanne but VERY sad and dishearten to see that something we should be excited for turn so sour in controversy and ridicule. Sure there are certainly better ways to do things and we aren’t all perfect. It’s not that we want to make money for ourselves. As the popularity of urban homesteading continues to grow, it’s now become a FULL time job to answer questions and email, write blog posts and update this site (we’ve had quite a few complaints about our “Goat Ate This Page”). Not to mention it takes money to host the site. All the information on the Urban Homestead site is provided to you for free but it’s not FREE for us. Perhaps if more folks donated to cover all the outgoing funds for outreach we would not be in this predicament. And those who have supported, we truly appreciate your generosity.

    • Stuart says:

      @Jed,
      Jed, I know where you’re coming from. It seems strange to send bird feed such a great distance and it would be nicer to have the recipe to make the feed from local sources. I also understand that the Dervaes family has a wish to make some money. Wouldn’t it be more environmentally-correct to make a donation to the Dervaes family in return for the recipe?

      • Jed says:

        Thanks Stuart, after I sent my initial post, I realized that I meant to add exactly what you described. More of a payment/donation for the knowledge gained by Jordanne and then source the material locally as a more earth friendly approach. I’m certainly not so naive as to think people don’t need to make a living these days–sorry if I came across as insensitive to the economics of supporting a family.

        As far as finding solutions for my own feed (or I’m assuming anything) through years and tears of my own DIY, well….the next time my neighbor asks for advice (even about something I may consider to be a “family” secret or something learned through my years of trial and error or even asking to borrow (and put wear and tear) on one of my prized tools, I hope I give him the info/item freely and joyfully. And hopefully but not needed or required, he or she will do the same in return. From their blog entires, reading articles they have been featured in and listening to numerous podcasts with the Dervais family, I actually think they are extremely forthright and open about sharing information and far from a philosphy of figure it out yourself and for that I am and have been very grateful.

        I understand that things are different for me because I am not a business and my time/effort is not measured in dollars and cents. Today, however, it seems to me from my antidotal dealings that people seem to be putting more concrete value on their time and efforts and seem to be more inclined to see their efforts as worthy of payment or reciprocity as a requirement for “sharing”. I’m just trying to figure out how I want to fit in to all this.

        For me, my neighbors justify chemically spraying their lawns continually, using round up quite liberally, wasting tons of water for their green lawns and openly admitting to not caring about where or how their oil is delivered as long as they can feed their numerous family vehicles and they don’t see any “evil” in this because it meets their time and family needs. My question was meant to possibly provide another compass setting (the more the better) that might help me in navigate my way around life and help when challenged by a neighbor with “Well, well, well, Mr. Green Earth (said sarcastically of course) seems to be able to use UPS/FedEx/USPS as his own private delivery service but we’re supposed to be soooo energy conscious.” Maybe he has a point–I’m just a little confused.

        There seems to be a relativity here that I’m struggling with. For examples, my recent order of garlics bulbs from an awesome couple in the midwest seems justifiable to me as did my recent purchase of a high quality stir-up hoe from Jonhhy’s of Maine. But by doing this, I realize I’m drawing lines and making judgements that others may think are hypocritcal and lacking integrity when I question their support of the Walmarts and all other forms of “cheap and easy”. How do you dance through these uncomfortable situations?

        p.s. And yes, I have purchased and supported the Dervais family in the past and continue to send them some serious heartfelt positive feelings on a weekly basis.

        • Marie says:

          @Jed,

          Jed, at least you are thinking and trying and not just going along mindlessly. Didn’t mean to wrongly criticize you. If the world believed in reciprocity instead of “Me me me” the world would be indeed a better place. However, most non profits I know, when the times get tough, they cut back on services. It is commendable in this day and age that the Dervaes family gets creative to make up for the slack and earn money the old fashioned way and not expect a handout. I think it’s hard for everyone in today’s economy, not to mention having to figure out the concepts and issues that you pointed out on sustainabililty. I do wish it were simpler.

  8. Chris says:

    So to get back to Chickens 101! I’m still can’t believe what Jordanne has accomplished. Had it not been for this post, I would have continued believing that chickens lived on grain alone. Fascinating to learn they live on bugs, lizards and mice too!!! I went to google the source about the rinsing of the eggs and found out that the shell of the eggs are permeable (if that’s the right word) and that different states require different methods of washing even organic eggs in various (sometimes nefarious) solutions that I do not care to ingest. I didn’t realize that farm fresh local eggs do not need to be refrigerated and will keep up to a week at room temperature. Again, I’ll be passing on this product info to my local OG farmer where I get my eggs. I’m very excited for Jordanne and the Dervaes family and think this product is wonderful! Your chickens and ducks are gorgeous, so cute and obviously very happy! Lucky, lucky chickens & ducks !!!!

    • Judy says:

      I think it is wonderful that you are offering this for sale! You have a unique product that you’ve spent years researching and developing. You should definitely be rewarded for this πŸ™‚ I don’t know how much a patent costs, but you should consider doing this to protect your intellectual property.

      And thanks for all of the information your family shares with us…. I have learned so much from reading this blog. I also see that I need to set back up my automatic PayPal donations too πŸ™‚ I didn’t realize that my year commitment had expired. And anyone else that visits regularly and appreciates the work of the Dervaes family should check into donating just $5 or $10 a month.

      I love the videos of Jord and her animals. She’s one of the reasons I have chickens LOL As a matter of fact, I just went out to feed and collected 3 eggs already this morning. Maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to add some ducks or guineas.

      Thanks again for all that your family does – I have learned so much from all of you.

  9. Yanna says:

    Congratulations, Jordanne!

    I’m so happy to see your supplements available and will definitely order some as the weather turns and my girls aren’t able to live on what they find in the yard. I’m excited that you also offer duck supplements. πŸ™‚

    I’m looking forward to the day when you publish a book on holistic poultry care! I have a homeopathic guide from the late 19th century that I found on Google Books to treat illnesses but would love an herb and nutrition-centered guide for radiant poultry health. πŸ™‚

    Your passion and your efforts are very much appreciated. Please keep going forward in good faith – you continue to inspire many. πŸ™‚

    • Anais says:

      @Yanna: Me too! Hopefully, after all the web work is done, Jordanne will find some time write. She’s definitely got a lot more to share.

  10. Tim Cook says:

    I might buy a bag and I don’t even have any chickens.

    Thanks for all your good work. Keep it up.

    • Anais says:

      @Tim Cook: Hi Tim, thanks for positive comments. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. πŸ˜‰

  11. Andrew the Chicken Coop Guy says:

    Hi. First time here. Interesting comments. I think it’s great that someone with experience is taking their time and experience to create a better food product. That’s going to help everyone, and that’s really cool. It’s especially cool since raising chickens is becoming increasingly popular and people are going to need good resources and advice.

    Jordanne, I think you are doing both. Congrats!

    • anna says:

      @Andrew the Chicken Coop Guy, I have raised 3 urban hens this year (first time) all in good health, free-ranging in our organic back yard with “feed” too. I give them fruit scraps, filtered water, a handful of oatmeal every day (they love it!) and veggie scraps. No hormones, antibiotics, etc. and they are very clean and happy! Our first layer (since last week!) has awesome brown eggs, great shell! People need to keep their chickens diets (IMO) mimicking what they would do in the wild. I’ll buy this for our frozen winters to add to their scraps. Thanks for inventing this!!! Anna, Boise

  12. Jen B says:

    This looks like just what I’ve been looking for! We have RIR hens in our backyard that we love to death. We keep them soy-free, so I’m extremely glad you offer the soy-free version. One question- we already give our girls air dried garlic in their feed to boost their immune systems as well as decrease the odor of their manure. Do you have a lot of garlic in this product?

    Thanks!
    Jen

    • Anais says:

      @Jen B: Thanks for the positive comments. I am excited that my sis finally got around to offering this. Hopefully she’ll sell a few to help with the outreach. To answer your question, yes there is garlic in the mix.

    • Jordanne Dervaes says:

      @Jen B,
      Hey Jen,
      If you want it without garlic, I can do that too. We can discuss! Let me know. πŸ™‚

  13. Tiffany Miller says:

    Confirmation number: 3F387630G54220027
    Just made a $5 donation for the contest. Hope this is the right spot to put it. Thanks
    Tiffany

  14. Grace says:

    This is supplement sounds great! I’ve been raising chickens for about 5 year in Santa Barbara County. Question. Have you been successful finding GMO free chicken feed? This is a real dilemma for California where all of our grains are shipped from the midwest.
    Island Seed sells a great “organic” feed by Modesto. It’s very well made. I’m curious though to know if you have found something not necessarily “organic” but simply GMO free? Feeding Modesto chicken feed to a large flock is getting really pricey for us. For example, a 50lb bag of organic pellets is $27. A 50lb bag of conventional is $13.50. Huge gap.
    Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. I love what you guys are doing, truly inspirational!

  15. Tori says:

    Should you add this mixture if you feed your chickens organic feed?

  16. Deb Whited says:

    I would like to buy a bag of your supplement. Do I just send a check with a note requesting it?

    I only have one chicken so far, but I’m urban farming too, in a townhouse with an 18’x25′ backyard! (I also have Angora rabbits for spinning fiber)

  17. Christina says:

    Hi, I live right outside San Diego and I have 7 chickens in my backyard…during the day they run around free…I have several diff mixes like urself.
    I always thought chickens eat meat. So do u feed them little crickets or maggots or what do u give them for meat????
    Also I was wondering how u keep ur stall and coop ant free….we are over run by ants even though I clean and rake everyday…yes everyday…but I don’t want to spray anything for chemicals u know????
    Also, I have one chickie that is like ur Clem…we call her Izzy. She is extremely aggressive and keeps jumping on the others as if she were a rooster. She does lay eggs though….We don’t really understand her behavior. She does it outside of the stall also…

  18. Ida Mercado says:

    My friend and I are planning to raise chickens as soon as we get the coop built in my backyard.
    We would like them to roam free during the day and be penned at night. Do we have to clip their wings? What time of the year do you suggest we buy the chicks and what kind of chickens make the best layers?

  19. Erynn says:

    We’ve had chickens for 2 years and are just starting to have problems with what seem to be intestinal parasites. We’re seeing diarrhea, lethargy, and crouching. Does this seem consistent with parasites? Can this blend act as treatment or is it better for just prevention? Any homeopathic treatments for parasites? Thanks for your help. We love what you’re doing!

    Thanks-Erynn

  20. xania says:

    Hi – How do you deworm your chickens? Do you have a recipe? Thanks

  21. Richard says:

    Periodically sprinkle a little diatomaceous earth over their food

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