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Chick starter recipe

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Kimberly4403, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive contacted all my local feed stores and no one supplies either organic or GMO free chick starter the only place I found which is 1hrs drive away wants a fortune so I came across this sight and found this recipe which most of the ingredients I all ready have on hand. Would this recipe work she also adds egg, grit and greens daily for her babies protein level is around 20-22% and she easily alters the protein level to 16% once there older.

    http://wholefedhomestead.com/homemade-organic-baby-chick-starter-feed-recipe/#comment-6877

    5 cups organic hull-less oats
    5 cups organic wheat
    5 cups organic split green peas or organic field peas
    2 cups organic (shelled) sunflower seeds
    1 cup organic flax meal or organic sesame seeds
    2 Tbs blackstrap molasses
    1/4 cup organic kelp
    2 Tbs brewer’s yeast

    Instead of flax or sesame could i do half and half as i have both on hand?
    Could i sometimes swap the daily boiled egg for ground up dried mealworms?
     
  2. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uncooked peas will be hard for them to digest. And I STRONGLY encourage you to add cod liver oil to your formula at a level that works out to 3000-4000 IU/lb.
    I have raised chicks on something similar to your recipe. I grind it in a blender so the bits are tiny and easier to swallow for new chicks.
     
  3. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you recommend something to replace the peas with? I dont under stand 3000 to 4000 iu/lb
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Another legume or animal protein.

    iu/lb is international units per pound.

    Starting from where you are, I don't recommend trying to make your own feed. You'll either go broke doing so or your chickens will suffer from an incomplete feed.
     
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  5. ChickenCanoe

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    It may work. I'd definitely add the egg and/or mealworms. Though the crude protein is high, essential amino acids could be deficient for proper growth.
     
  6. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But as i said above all my feed stores dont stock a GMO free feed thats why i thought of mixing myself
     
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  7. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ORIGINAL BASE RECIPE-

    5 cups organic hull-less oats
    5 cups organic wheat
    5 cups organic replace split peas with red split lentils?
    2 cups organic shelled sunflower seeds
    1/2 cup organic flax seed
    1/2 cup organic sesame seeds
    2 Tbs blackstrap molasses
    1/4 cup organic kelp
    2 Tbs brewer’s yeast

    SUPPLIMENTS:
    Cod liver oil - this would get added daily rather then mix through whole batch to keep ingredients fresher
    Boiled egg
    Greens
    Full fat yoghurt
    Free choice grit
    ACV
    Garlic
    Mealworms other bugs they find in sod or when gaving outside time

    POSSIBLE ADDITIONS TO BASE RECIPE:
    1tbs Dried oregano
    1tbs Cayenne
    1 cup of fish meal that would increase amino acid content?

    Would this be a good mix? Any advice or ingredient changes are welcome as I cant get a GMO feed locally without driving 1hr first..



    I already have oats, molasses, flax, sesame and sunflower seeds in my fridge id just need the last ingredients
     
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  8. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also what is the nutritional benefit of brewers yeast?
     
  9. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think what you really want is nutritional yeast. It provides essential B vitamins you can't get from vegetarian sources, particularly B12.
     
  10. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i agree love that stuff have it on hand always
     

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