Originally Posted by Phage
Oz, what are you going to be feeding the (small/large flocks) of chickens on?
Is the food source cheap?
I can buy chick booster/starter/grower/layer type mash feeds locally 50kg (110lbs) for just under $30.
All types are the same price. Currently I am using booster as I bought a 50KG bag.
I can reduce the cost a little by adding copra meal later on (the by-product of coconut oil production) but can only go to 20% max - its $15 a 50KG sack and 15% protein or rice bran which again I would not go above 20%
I want to look at fermented feeding. We have a fermented coconut sap alcohol called tubah produced next door (a potent brew but very yeasty) that quickly turns to vinegar - seems perfect for FF starter.
Ideally I want the general layer flock to get out and free range as much as possible.