Anyone make homemade feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicNlove, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. chicNlove

    chicNlove Out Of The Brooder

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    Curious if cost vs pellets. I found this recipe online and thinking of going this route...

    GARDEN BETTY’S HOMEMADE WHOLE GRAIN CHICKEN FEED
    Makes 8 1/2 pounds (fills 10-pound feeder)

    Ingredients

    4 cups oat groats
    4 cups black oil sunflower seeds
    4 cups hard red wheat berries
    2 cups soft white wheat berries
    2 cups kamut
    2 cups millet
    2 cups whole corn
    1 cup lentils
    1 cup sesame seeds
    1 cup flax seeds
    1/2 cup brewer’s yeast
    1/4 cup kelp granules
    Free-choice oyster shells
    Free-choice grit
     
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  3. pdirt

    pdirt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's a pretty good thread going on about feed recipes...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ade-chicken-feed-recipes/240_60#post_12542699

    Depends on why you want to make it. For me, cost is a factor. After talking with the owner of the feed store today I question if it would be a good idea to make my own. I'd have to buy hundreds of pounds of ingredients to make it cost effective but then there's the issue of rancidness that the store owner brought up. Especially any oils will go rancid and especially in the heat in the summer.
     
  4. FarmalI

    FarmalI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you located?
     
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  6. chicNlove

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    I just want a truly natural feed, no junk in it. I will mostly let ferment also.

    I found an organic cereal online that has hard red and soft white wheat, barley , rye, oats, cornmeal, millet, buckwheat and flax. It's called 9 grain cracked cereal. Was thinking for the chicks just add sea kelp and mashed egg and it would be a good base feed for the first few week. Thoughts? It's by Honeyville and organic.
     
  7. FarmalI

    FarmalI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in southwest missouri, and a friend of miine sat down with his feed man and came up with this.
    50 lbs of whole oats
    50 lbs of crushed soybeans or soybean meal
    150 lbs of cracked corn
    and a quart of all purpose mineral ( like what you would give to cattle)
     

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