Can someone provide their layer mix formula for bulk purchase??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by dday911, May 5, 2009.

  1. dday911

    dday911 Out Of The Brooder

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    I finally found a feed mill an hour from the house that will custom blend my feed for me. I should save some money this way.... problem is I can't get a quote until I tell them exactly what I want in it......
    I need a formula that you have used and like...
    Example----70% corn, 12% soy, 12% brewers mash, 2 % DE etc.
    Can anyone help me out?
    Looking for a 17% grower/layer mix similiar to what I buy at my local Tractor Supply but at a large discount due to volume.
    The mill could not give me a mix they have used in the past. I guess they have not had a request such as this before?
     
  2. Stephen in SoKY

    Stephen in SoKY Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you wish to formulate your own, google "Pearsons square" for a starting point.
    Liongrip has great but expensive recipes:http://www.lionsgrip.com/recipes.html

    As for me, after many trials I decided to keep it simple & cost effective:
    325# ground corn
    185# Bean meal
    20# Akey Layer 75 (Or whatever poultry vit/mn concentrate your mill uses)
    I'll also add a bale of alfalfa if I have it.
    This yields a 21% ration as anything lower & my production drops. No oyster shell so I can use it for starter/grower, merely offer shell free choice to layers.
    FYI, all mills I've ever used require a 500# minimum to custom grind/mix. Save your bags for repeat trips.
     
  3. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. upthecreek

    upthecreek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it were me i would want to use Whole Oats and Wheat along with the Corn in your ration ?

    Shannon
     
  5. Stephen in SoKY

    Stephen in SoKY Chillin' With My Peeps

    If that question is for me, ABSOLUTELY! Oats/wheat are great. That's why I enouraged the OP to familiarize themselves with Pearsons Square, anyone can formulate the protein level of a ration easily using it. I tried various blends for quite some time before arriving at the basic ration I listed above. In my case, that's the base feed for all poultry here. For starter feed I add cocci-rid to the basic mix. For layer, free choice oyster shell, & use BOSS, rolled oats, or cracked wheat as a scratch. Roos merely get the basic mix. If I have broilers at the time I increase the bean meal. It provides flexibilty while keeping costs as low as possible.
     

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