First of all, must soybeans and soybean meal be roasted for it to be healthy for chickens? I ask because in one place I see that roasting HAS to take place to keep amino acid inhibitors down but I know that one particular farm that I contaced does not roast their soybeans. I have a guy locally that sells soybeans for around $7.00 a 50lb bag but they aren't roasted and with a decent drive there is a farm that sells feed at unbelievably cheap prices with unroasted soybeans. I will say that he advertises his feed as being for all sorts of animals. Do any of you roast your own soybeans and if so how do you do it?
Second, when you guys mix your own feed and wheat is involved are you using the whole wheat seed or are you using only the wheat berry? Once again the local guy that sells the soybeans sells whole wheat for $7.50 a 60lb bag.
Third, when it comes to corn does it need to be cracked or can it stay whole? Before you answer I ask because I can get deer corn locally for around $6.00 a 50lb bag depending who I use and it's available pretty much all year round. In my experience deer corn has a larger kernel that standard ear corn or popcorn so this is why I ask.
Fourth, can alfalfa hay or even alfalfa horse pellets from a mass retailer be ground and act as alfalfa meal in chicken feed. The guy with the wheat and soybeans can grind so I want to know if I can use these products in producing my own feed.
I greatly appreciate the information that you guys can give me and once I get some experience I will most graciously help anyone that I can.