Can I grow chicken feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 3nglishteacher, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. 3nglishteacher

    3nglishteacher In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2008
    Like everyone, I'm anticipating exorbitant grain prices in the near future and wondered if it's worthwhile cost-wise and nutrition-wise to plant a crop (if someone would tell me what crop that'd be [​IMG] ) for my 2 dozen chickens?

    Would it make more sense to just plan on paying more for feed in the coming months, years?

  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    You can grow small amounts of grain for your birds to harvest as the seeds fall off. But, with all grains, they are in the 8-12% protein range which is on the lower end for layer feed. So, what you ought do is use the grain to stretch their layer ration further, rather than replacing it entirely.

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