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feed recipe for meat birds

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Does anyone know what to feed meat birds (4 weeks)old...Meaning i can get most of the grain from a farmer  who sells mix grain ect. I was kinda hoping to mix my own instead of commerical feed. But i also want to make sure they are getting all they need .

2 beagles,jack russell,few laying hens.. and lots of show quality silkies

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2 beagles,jack russell,few laying hens.. and lots of show quality silkies

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one of my self-sufficiency books have several recommendations, but I must confess to not using it.  I also use grains I get really cheap from the grain elevators.  I like to give my birds a combination of several grains.  They ignore the milo, so I won't get it until I get my guineas.....I'm not sure if what they call milo is really millet....dat has been a question for me for a while.  I pasture to keep my feed bill down and have some happy chickens and use whatever grains I can put together.  I bought 700LBs of grain on 1-8-10, for 56 dollars, and I only have grain enough for about 3 or 4 days, so I think I'm going for a ride today.  I find that getting the grain like that is much more cost effective than getting a mix.  Even if I could get my birds ready for slaughter, faster with a mix from the feed store, I couldn't justify it to my checkbook.  I once tried putting soybean in my mix, but they just ignored that.  I don't think I could use some of the grains, unless I would grind everything together and figure out how to create my own pellets.

RIRs 2 roos & 43 hens, Americana hens 3, Araucanas 4 hens & 3 roos, 1 female crossbreed goat, 4 active beehives, 5 children, husband of 24 years.  Certified Penny Pinching, French speaking, hard-headed, little too tall Cajun.
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RIRs 2 roos & 43 hens, Americana hens 3, Araucanas 4 hens & 3 roos, 1 female crossbreed goat, 4 active beehives, 5 children, husband of 24 years.  Certified Penny Pinching, French speaking, hard-headed, little too tall Cajun.
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Here is a site for making feed. It has more info than most people want to know.
http://www.lionsgrip.com/chickens.html
The first recipe listed is fertrells(a feed/suppliment company). the rest are eather old or mixes that have been formulated by people.


Edited by sjh - 2/23/10 at 8:52am
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