does this sound like a good feed recipe?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sydney13, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    im planning on mixing my own feed for my birds and based on other recipes and what available to me ive come up with this recipe
    12 lb wheat
    6 lb millet
    4 lb cracked corn
    4 lb oats
    12 lb black oil sunflower seed
    1 lb de
    1 1/2 lb grit (ill switch that to oyster shells when my pullets start laying)
    1 1/3 lb dried kelp
    1/3 lb whole flax
    1/8 lb granulated garlic
    7.5 lb alfalfa meal
    1 lb fish meal
    1 lb of pigeon mix has some dried peas
    do you think this will work for them? what should change or add?
    in winter i will add more corn and less oats and vise versa in sumer
  2. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    forget to add that i will use some kickin chicken suppelment for omega 3 in the feed
    i also want to add some fish oil that i have. how much should i mix in?
    and does it sound like their is to much protein in this mix?
    ive seen both black oil sunflower seeds and stripped sunflower seeds for sale. the black oil is more expensive but is it worth it or should i just go with striped?
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Have you discovered Pearson's square and Kim's rectangle?

    If not, you may want to "google" it. I mix my own feed too. If it were me, I would want to check the protein percentage on the mix. As I change my recipe from time to time, I check my protein levels to be 17% grower. (And soon 16% layer.) I use parts instead of pounds to measure my mix.

    Make sure your de is food grade, and there has been some debate on here about having to grind the flax seed? I don't know about that.

    Don't take away their grit unless they are free ranging and can find their own in the soil.

    My chickens can't stand split peas- I'm using up what I have and not buying it again. They do like pumpkin seeds and peanuts (unsalted).

    Also make SURE you have salt (free choice) available. They need salt available. They will self-regulate their intake. I don't add it to my mix. It gets moist outside and turns into a block. Periodically I pound on it with a branch to turn it back to powder.

    I have read on this message board that people value the BOSS for the oil content over the striped- that's what I go on.

    Oh- and you can offer the grit and oyster shell free choice (a little tin of it). No need to mix it in. They self-regulate.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2010
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    i have heard of pearsons square, i just forgot what it was called and haven't been able to find the name until now. i will adjust the grain amount to make the protein just right
    i have the food grade kind of de so that should be fine
    the chickens never go near their container of grit so either they don't need any (they free range all day) or the just don't notice the container. since i have it free choice i guess i dont need to add any to the feed
    when i supply salt should i just use regular table salt?
  5. Organics North

    Organics North Songster

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    Looks interesting!
    Protein level? What is it? 15ish percent? (Thats just a guess.)
    If you need to boost it you could use more peas, fishmeal, or flax.
    (My birds eat their peas.)
    For salt and nice trace minerals I use kelp meal.

  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have been giving both kelp meal and sea salt (non-iodized). I couldn't advise you on the correct type of salt, since I also have iodized and have been afraid to give it to them. I wasn't aware that kelp meal had salt in it!!! Good to know, but I like to see them peck at the salt. Makes me feel better. [​IMG]
  7. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

    Mar 11, 2010
    ive changed it around a bit to fit the protein level.
    instead of individually buying a 50 lb. bag of oats, wheat and corn i bought a bag or scratch containing them all with 9 % protein

    then i mixed 2 parts of the scratch with 1 part of birdseed mix. the bird seed mix is 18 % protein and contains millet and boss. so far the mix is 12 % protein, right?
    i am going to add in flax seed, alfalfa meal de, granulated garlic and will also sprout the sunflower and millet seeds.
    i have some of this fish oil that i used to use for my dog
    each capsule contains 370 mg of omega 3 fatty acids. how much of that should i mx in with the feed?
  8. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    My understanding is that you would want higher than 12% protein. I have read for chicks it's 20%, grower/feeder 17%, and layer 16%. But don't believe me- look it up to be sure. [​IMG]

    There are specific requirements for each age of chicken in terms of protein.

    I don't know the answer to the fish oil question. Here is a helpful link if you are interested. I played around with this recipe, carefully checking my protein levels:

    Lol, it would have been nice if I had remembered to give you this link to begin with!!! Sorry!!
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2010
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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