Cheap natural chicken food

Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by wwarren8200, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anybody have a recipe for natural and cheap layer feed and or scratch feed
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Me personally? I have found that by the time you buy all the various ingredients separately just to make your own feed, it sometimes ends up more expensive than just purchasing ready-made feed. Is there any particular reason you want to make your own?
     
  3. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bulk feed and trying to cut down on costs.
     
  4. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    When you say 'bulk feed' do you mean buying in bulk the various ingredients to make your mix? Wow...you must have a larger flock.
     
  5. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    The thought of buying chicken feed bulk got me curious so I did a little research:

    Bulk generic chicken feed = 260.00 to 380.00 per metric ton (minimum purchase is 19 metric tons)

    So, unless you are planning on reselling under your own label you may find you are wasting a bunch of feed and money.

    I buy "bulk" in the sense that I purchase a months supply of feed for my 62 birds at one time. The feed store I deal with gives me a 2.00 off per 50 pound bag due to the size of my purchase. Anything over a months supply at a time, I am afraid, might suffer some spoilage and end up costing me more to store around the farm.
     
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  6. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would share the feed with my landowner...he has been thinking about a small silo for the very reason that it's cheaper in the long run
     
  7. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    Would you and your landowner have a large enough operation to deal with 19 metric tons of generic chicken feed much less the 5,000 to 8,000 dollar investment plus the cost of a silo?
     
  8. wwarren8200

    wwarren8200 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He owns a few hundred thousand cumulative acres and he's a multimillionaire haha we got it covered. He just build a $250,000 horse arena and bought $50,000 worth of river rock for a wall and he's still not through for the year [​IMG]
     
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  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree with iwiw and jtn.
    If however, you have several hundred birds at a minimum, you may be able to benefit.

    Feed mills are buying grains by the trainload and minor ingredients by the ton. Hence the reason a bag of chicken feed is cheaper than a bag of grain.
     
  10. mossyroo

    mossyroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe that unless you plan on just enough feed in the silo to go through in a few weeks, you are going to lose a lot to mold. There is going to be a certain amount of moisture in the feed and depending on the climate you will probably get condensation in the silo. I think you might end up loosing more to spoilage/rodents/insects than you would save.
     

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