Updated to add:
FOr the first 2-3 weeks, it would be best to partially grind this recipe, especially the split peas and lentils.
Ours are managing, working around the big stuff, so, I am going to run it all through my grain mill, to make the bigger stuff smaller.
Regardless, they love this stuff. They are with mamma hen, so in addition, I ma giving them fresh scoops of dirt we saved last fall for this purpose.
She is teaching them all about scratching in it.
And, she actually feeds them as well, showing them what is the real food.
Look what I am going to be making!!!
Except we will add Kombucha to the water, in place of the vinegar. It has probiotics in it.
Greener Pastures Farm Chick Starter Recipe #3
This recipe is whole grains, except for the corn, and can be fed to newly hatched chicks as is (whole grain) or soaked overnight. I used to grind their feed, but found that they waste most of it, and remembered that Mother Nature does not grind food for baby chicks!
Milk is made available free-choice, as is water with apple cider vinegar and garlic. Worms or scrambled eggs (with some fresh garlic added) are given daily. I am able to find all the following ingredients in certified organic form, except the kelp. My worms and my eggs are "home-grown" and are therefore organic! PLEASE NOTE: Do not feed milk or oyster shell to chicks that receive a premixed feed; these additions are only for chickens fed a home-made feed that does not already contain calcium in the mix. ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar
2 parts whole corn, ground (or purchased organic corn meal)
3 or 4 parts whole wheat
1 part barley
1 part oat groats
1 part shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 part lentils
1/2 part split green peas
1 part millet
1/4 part flax seeds
1/2 part seaweed
garlic (several cloves per gallon of water)
ACV (about 2 Tablespoons per gallon of water)
organic milk to drink (don't worry if they don't drink it all up; if it
solidifies, they will ingest it with glee!)
freshly dug worms
organic scrambled eggs
Edited by PaulaJoAnne - 2/19/10 at 10:17am