Originally Posted by Missi33
I've read through a lot of threads asking about homemade feed mixes for chicks but I'm not finding an actual answer in them, just a lot of commenting that gets off topic. I'm getting 40 meat chickens in the spring and I want to mix/grow their feed myself. I currently have 20 layer chickens I've had for 2 years and I feed them my own mix that I got from the feedmill, but I'm not sure how their feed would differ from a chicks (and yes, I know meat chickens get around 20% protein vs layers getting 17%). I don't feed my chickens corn or soy, but I don't feed them all organic either, just because it's way too costly in my area. I'm also starting to raise mealworms to feed them, so that'll be part of their daily feed.
Any recipes or lists of what could be fed to them is much appreciated, but please try to stay on topic!
I have been searching for a similar answer. I don't feed my chicks corn or soy either and I have not been able to find any starter crumble, even organic, that down not have soy. i have 3 & 4 day old chicks I just hatched and have been reading Gail Damerow's book "Hatching & Brooding your own Chicks". On pg 61 she writes
"If your have extra eggs on hand, mashed hardboiled or scrambled egg makes an excellent starter ration. I the old days before commercial rations were available, farmers typically started their chicks on mashed boiled eggs. After the first few days, chicks were fed oatmeal and cracked grains until they were able to forage for themselves. Baby birds that are fed cracked grains also need grit provided in a separate feeder" So this is the way I am going to go. Old school method.
I also read somewhere in the last few days not to give babies grain for the first few days and to make sure they are drinking before feeding. I have been feeding my babies scrambled egg which they love & are very active. I have Scratch & Peck brand Naturally Free starter that is soy & corn free that I order from azurestandard.com as it was too expensive to get it sent from S&P themselves. I believe their website is scratchandpeck.com and I believe they list the ingredients, but I don't think ratios.
Also check out Harvey Usserys website themodernhomestead.us. He has a starter mix recipe in his livestock tab-poultry-making your own poultry feed. it is in part 3 of this article. I intend to start making my own food myself too.
Hope this is of some use