cheap feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by toddkuna, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. toddkuna

    toddkuna New Egg

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    We raised birds for several years--8 or 9.. We discovered a great way to cut the feed bill was to go to a nearby farmer that buys wheat from farmers that actually raise it, then they clean and reship the stuff. Part of what the processor does is to screen the grain, producing tons of off-size grains called "screenings".We could buy this stuff for about $10. /100.lbs. Compare to your bagged products @10-13$/50 lbs. See where I'm going with this? At first we'd try to crack the wheat for the birds but quit. They prospered reguardless. I ended up buying it by the truckload, as it was the way to go.
     
  2. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get floor sweepings from my local mill. I have gotten corn, wheat, oats and a ground corn DDG soy mix. I have to bag it up but, I pay $50 a ton. Thats 2.5 cents a pound. My chickens and pigs do very well on it.
     
  3. kentucky jay

    kentucky jay Out Of The Brooder

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    welcome to BYC toddkuna !!!!!! sounds like you got the feed thing squared away !!!!!
     
  4. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wish we had grain mills in the desert...
     
  5. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Quote:Great idea! I'm looking to get a few pigs. How long does a ton last for you?

    -Nate
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    [​IMG] wish we had feed mills around here also, what great prices.
     
  7. sjh

    sjh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Great idea! I'm looking to get a few pigs. How long does a ton last for you?

    -Nate

    I do not know how long a ton last I keep track of $$s only. When a pig goes out I figure it as $ per pound of meat. Last yr it cost me $125 to raise a pig. I have read it takes 700 to 900lbs to get one to market size (250lb).
     
  8. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

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    Holy cow that's a lot of food! That's the way to get them to butcher weight cheap!

    -Nate
     
  9. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    Not to hijack this thread, but my SIL asked if she could use my property to raise 2 pigs this April. It sounds like you would spend about .50/lb to get a 250 lb pig to the butcher. How long does that take, generally? [​IMG]
     
  10. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exellent prices! I guess it could work if you had a large flock 25+ birds. Though would it be useful if you had 2-8 birds?
    Great idea!
     

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