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So I have done much research lately on this. I think I know what and what not to feed my soon-to-be-laying chickens. At least I hope I do.....

My question is how much of everything do I feed them.

I'm kinda focusing on 3 main components for their feed.

 

1. Carbs/fats (wheat,oats)

2. Protein (peas, and some from oats)

3.Supplements (kelp meal, sunflower seeds, scratch, oyster shell)

 

I know protein should be at about 16-18%, but i'm not sure about the other 2.

 

What percentage should carb/fats and supplements be at?

Should I be adding anything else to the feed?

 

I'm also open to any new ideas on homemade chicken feed:) 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 5

Hi, and :welcome

 

Here is my suggestion or advice, ( interpret it ether way.)  Get  bag of  Alflock feed and have it available for your hens.   Then give them all  your other home made  feed at about 25% of total.    Calcium supplement  Oyster shells  would be best to offer free choice unrestricted.  You do not say how large your flock is.   Reason for knowing is this;;;    Making your own feed can be more costly than   purchased feed from store.   If you do have a very large flock and need very much feed, then you may be able to save $$$ if you buy your grains in large bulk quantities.   You will additionally need to add vitamin and mineral supplements to chickens diet.  Also,  will possibly need machinery like a grinder.  ( does not have to be big)  Some of the grains are better if in smaller than whole particles.  ( especially if you get whole corn ). 

Making your own Ideal science feed  can get complex.  Peeps that do it are experienced at it from years of doing it.   Since  you are at the beginning stage ,   you would benefit from  using the ready made stuff , and learning as you go thru adding your own ingredients to your chickens' diet.    As I mentioned Alflock. above...   It is formulated to give chickens all the nutrition they need.    Adding  oyster shell is needed to make up for the needed calcium..    If all your chickens are laying, then you have the option to switch to layer formula.    If you have non layers in your group, ( like young,, old, or roosters,)  Then it is better not to use layer feed, but  Allflock or grower, or starter. 

I do not want to discourage you from making your own feed..  I am offering common sense approach to feeding your flock practically and healthy.. 

WISHING YOU BEST.. :thumbsup

post #3 of 5

I agree with cavemanrich! :goodpost:  Might I also suggest you look at fermenting your feed.  This is a very healthy way of feeding your chickens and also reduces their consumption by about 25%.  Here's a thread for you to read about it:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/645057/fermented-feeds-anyone-using-them

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Hi, and welcome-byc.gif

Here is my suggestion or advice, ( interpret it ether way.)  Get  bag of  Alflock feed and have it available for your hens.   Then give them all  your other home made  feed at about 25% of total.    Calcium supplement  Oyster shells  would be best to offer free choice unrestricted.  You do not say how large your flock is.   Reason for knowing is this;;;    Making your own feed can be more costly than   purchased feed from store.   If you do have a very large flock and need very much feed, then you may be able to save $$$ if you buy your grains in large bulk quantities.   You will additionally need to add vitamin and mineral supplements to chickens diet.  Also,  will possibly need machinery like a grinder.  ( does not have to be big)  Some of the grains are better if in smaller than whole particles.  ( especially if you get whole corn ). 
Making your own Ideal science feed  can get complex.  Peeps that do it are experienced at it from years of doing it.   Since  you are at the beginning stage ,   you would benefit from  using the ready made stuff , and learning as you go thru adding your own ingredients to your chickens' diet.    As I mentioned Alflock. above...   It is formulated to give chickens all the nutrition they need.    Adding  oyster shell is needed to make up for the needed calcium..    If all your chickens are laying, then you have the option to switch to layer formula.    If you have non layers in your group, ( like young,, old, or roosters,)  Then it is better not to use layer feed, but  Allflock or grower, or starter. 
I do not want to discourage you from making your own feed..  I am offering common sense approach to feeding your flock practically and healthy.. 
WISHING YOU BEST.. thumbsup.gif
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Originally Posted by cavemanrich View Post

Hi, and welcome-byc.gif

Here is my suggestion or advice, ( interpret it ether way.)  Get  bag of  Alflock feed and have it available for your hens.   Then give them all  your other home made  feed at about 25% of total.    Calcium supplement  Oyster shells  would be best to offer free choice unrestricted.  You do not say how large your flock is.   Reason for knowing is this;;;    Making your own feed can be more costly than   purchased feed from store.   If you do have a very large flock and need very much feed, then you may be able to save $$$ if you buy your grains in large bulk quantities.   You will additionally need to add vitamin and mineral supplements to chickens diet.  Also,  will possibly need machinery like a grinder.  ( does not have to be big)  Some of the grains are better if in smaller than whole particles.  ( especially if you get whole corn ). 
Making your own Ideal science feed  can get complex.  Peeps that do it are experienced at it from years of doing it.   Since  you are at the beginning stage ,   you would benefit from  using the ready made stuff , and learning as you go thru adding your own ingredients to your chickens' diet.    As I mentioned Alflock. above...   It is formulated to give chickens all the nutrition they need.    Adding  oyster shell is needed to make up for the needed calcium..    If all your chickens are laying, then you have the option to switch to layer formula.    If you have non layers in your group, ( like young,, old, or roosters,)  Then it is better not to use layer feed, but  Allflock or grower, or starter. 
I do not want to discourage you from making your own feed..  I am offering common sense approach to feeding your flock practically and healthy.. 
WISHING YOU BEST.. thumbsup.gif

Thank you!
Very insightful.
I will definitely be looking into the allflock and grinder.
Thanks again!
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