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Layer Feed vs. Homemade Mix?

post #1 of 8
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My 11-13 week olds have been on Start & Grow since day one, and we're quickly approaching the time to put them on a layer feed.   Should I stick with a layer feed or can I mix my own feed for them?  Then what kind of a mix do you use?

Thanks, Sonja

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post #2 of 8

Depending on your area, it might be easiest to just by feedstore brands and supplement with free range and/or kitchen trimmings.  If you live in a rural area, it might be nice to grow your own grains, etc. for homemade feed.  It's really a personal preference... Hope your girls are successful layers!

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post #3 of 8

You could search here on BYC and find many discussions about possible home made or home grown feeds for your flock.  Here is another place to look...

http://www.lionsgrip.com/chickens.html

post #4 of 8

I did a basic search for the term "homemade feed" and this was the only thread I found.  Does anyone know off the top of their head where some other threads are?

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post #5 of 8

Yep:  here's three that I won't repeat

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=89348

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=37984

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=52940&p=2

You can mix our own, it can be cheaper depending on quantities.

add ground flax to your feed and have your own omega-3 eggs

It's a question of how many birds, your storage space, and how much work you want to do.

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Thanks!

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post #7 of 8

I start my birds out on Medicated Chick Starter.  After six to eight weeks on Starter, I put my, I guess you could say Toddlers, on Starter/Grower.  They stay on Starter/Grower for the next 10-12 weeks.  Once the Toddlers get feathered in good, I begin mixing up a batch of All Purpose Grower for them.  This consists of a mix of Flock Raiser, Game Bird Flight Conditioner, VigorGrow, Cat Food, Scratch, Rolled Oats, DE, Acidophilus, Powdered Milk, Rooster Booster, and maybe something else too.  I cant remember, thats why Ive got it written down somewhere.  Once they get close to laying I add Layer Pellets to that mix.  Theres actually a formula all worked out, believe it or not. 

I do this because we show our poultry and I believe it gives them healthier plumage plus they get all the other stuff they need (i.e. protein, calcium, etc.) in the right percentages to keep them laying well.

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Tailfeathers, do you have an exact recipe for that?  That sounds like one I could easily put together.
Thanks,
Sonja

Proud Mama Hen to chickens, ducks, turkeys, Nigerian Dwarf goats, a Shetland pony, 2 Quarter Horses, 4 sweet dogs, 2 cute puppies,  4 fluffy cats, 4 cute kiddos, and 1 AMAZING hubby (who puts up with all of my critters)!  

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Proud Mama Hen to chickens, ducks, turkeys, Nigerian Dwarf goats, a Shetland pony, 2 Quarter Horses, 4 sweet dogs, 2 cute puppies,  4 fluffy cats, 4 cute kiddos, and 1 AMAZING hubby (who puts up with all of my critters)!  

Read about our crazy adventures at http://sunrisethoughtsofawannabefarmer.blogspot.com/ !

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