My husband and I hope to start a small flock (5-6) of grain-free chickens soon. We are planning on getting heritage breeds (hopefully all Delawares).
Due to our son's food allergies, we'd like to raise the chickens as grain-free as possible. I was reading in Harvey Ussery's book that he often starts chicks on grower-ration and then ups the protein with other sources like fish meal, liver, etc.
I'm formulating our own grower-ration and would like to include millet. My questions are:
1. Does anyone know if you can feed day-old chicks bulk millet (it wouldn't be a spray on the stalk; rather, it would come from somewhere like Azure or Amazon)?
2. Can millet be about half of their supplemental feed (planning on doing greens, etc. - the chickens will have about 10 square feet per bird in their run - we can't do pasture yet bc of coyotes and other animals - live in the country)?
3. Do chicks need hulled grains, or can I feed unhulled millet (is it more nutritional to leave the hull on?)? I'm planning on grinding up the supplemental feed and fermenting it before I feed it to them.
Thanks so much! :)