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Discussion in 'Nutrition - Sponsored by Purina Poultry' started by wwarren8200, Nov 26, 2014.
Does anybody have a recipe for natural and cheap layer feed and or scratch feed
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?
Bulk feed and trying to cut down on costs.
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.
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.