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Thanks for the nod to the Merck manual- I found some useful tables there-  http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/nutrition_and_management_poultry/nutritional_requirements_of_poultry.html#v3344198

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Thanks for the nod to the Merck manual- I found some useful tables there-  http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/poultry/nutrition_and_management_poultry/nutritional_requirements_of_poultry.html#v3344198

 

 

You're welcome.  It's really an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to grind their own feed.

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Please comment (kindly) on the strengths/weaknesses of the following chicken feed mix, as to its appropriateness for laying hens. I am a newbie chicken/pet owner.

The hens will free range a good part of each day (large city yard, lots of bugs), and be given dried and live mealworms as treats. They will also have oyster shell and grit available to them.  The hens are in a chicken tractor when not ranging about.

 

I am aiming for low/no gluten as my son and I both have celiac disease, and I don't want us handling glutenous grains or tracking it in to our house on our feet.   I know animal feed grains aren't processed to the same precision as human food, so this is a 'best effort'.

 

2 parts each of: 
cracked corn and 
flattened oats;

1 part each of: 
sunflower seed (the nut meats, no shell), 
red millet, 
austrian peas,
red lentils,

1/2 part each of:
buckwheat, and
whole flax seed.

 

 

I was thinking of adding kelp meal but haven't found a source (despite being on an island!).

 

Thanks in advance-


Right off the bat I can tell you that the whole 2 part, 1 parts and 1/2 part is the incorrect way to figure and mix feed.

You need to go by pounds as in say 10 lbs corn, 8 lbs peas and 4 lbs rolled oats.

 

Your also lacking proteins, and I believe that your using to much linseed ("flax seed").

Too much linseed and give your eggs a fish smell, chickens tend to eat less, hens have over all smaller eggs with less yolk, and chicken can get liver hemorrhages.  

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