can you make your own feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by HSerChickLady, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. HSerChickLady

    HSerChickLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it practicle and remotely cost effective to make your own feeds? What i really want is a high quality, all natural, feed that they actually like. Can i make such a thing for 30 chickens without it being a huge ordeal? If it's doable i'd love to see others recipes.
     
  2. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Chicks on DL

    Chicks on DL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I make mine and they LOVE it! I have not done the math to see if it is cost effective but I only have 4 and I grind my own wheat for bread anyway. I am figuring it probably costs me $2 lb because everything I buy is organic. It only takes me 5-10 minutes to crack wheat, corn, and peas and put the ingredients together for 1 weeks worth. So many bugs lately that it took them 2 weeks to eat the last batch. I have read on this site some people formulating their own mixture and then taking it to a milling company. I feel the biggest challenge is storage because so many ingredients go into a batch of feed. I have no idea if this helps but I hope there is a little nugget of information in there.
     
  4. Chicks on DL

    Chicks on DL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ooops, I meant that it costs me a little over $1 lb.
     
  5. Cyndi in Iowa

    Cyndi in Iowa New Egg

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    Chicks on DL-- I see you must be a city-dweller... how do you crack your own grain? We are on a farm (brand-new to chickens, tho!) so my husband has a big grinder run by a tractor... but I am wondering about having something small for here at the house. (we have 5 chicks and a duckling right now)
     
  6. MsTigrLadi

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    I would think that a home kitchen wheat/grain grinder would do the job, or even a coffee grinder :)
     
  7. HSerChickLady

    HSerChickLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, i found a recipe in a book that i "think" i can find all the ingredients for. I'm going to see what is truelly available to me next trip i make to town. Then i'll just have to find a hand grinder someplace.
     
  8. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your Chickens are old enough you wouldn't have to grind their grains for them. I have 9 week old's and they are on whole grains I have only 2 grains I need to crack yet. But soon they will be big enough to eat them all whole. The only time I ground their grains was when they were little.

    Which book are you using? just curious. :)
     
  9. HSerChickLady

    HSerChickLady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, good to know. I had read something about them needing to be switched to it slowly so their gizzards can get used to the whole grains. The book i found the recipe in is The Joy of Keeping Chickens. The ingredients i think will be fairly easy to find and it's for a 100 lb batch which i could handle. Some recipes i've seen make way more than i can manage. I did find a couple other recipes online i might try if i can find the ingredients. I think my birds would prefer the homemade stuff. They greatly prefer whole grains over commercial feed.
     
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