Everyone, post your best homemade chicken feed recipes!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jmofaustin, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:BOSS! Black oil sunflower seeds have 16% protein or thereabouts and chickens love them. They need to be older than around 6 weeks to eat them, though.

    Also birdseed is millet (the small round golden balls) with 11% protein and it is one of my chickens' favorite.

    Here is the treat chart:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart

    Also they sell scratch for chickens, some with more grains than others. Some folks are able to get I think a 7 grain scratch. I have only bought 2 grain scratch in the past.

    Treats should only comprise around 10% of the diet I have read.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  2. stonecottagefarm

    stonecottagefarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought alfalfa pellets at Wilco since they have them on sale to give it a try. The chickens did eat but didn't go crazy. Which is good actually. I am going to slowly buy one thing at a time and try them individually and then at some point, make a mix for them.

    I plan to leave them a feeder with the layer pellets and then offer a feeder with the stuff I mix that I fill daily with just enough for them to enjoy in the morning.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Some folks have had to moisten alfalfa pellets to encourage consumption. (Only thing would be to avoid mold growth by only wetting that day's amount.)
     
  4. Aj1911

    Aj1911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so thinking about going whole grain and heres the mix i'm thinking of based off what my chickens like to eat most

    4 parts wheat

    2 parts organic cracked yellow corn

    2 parts rolled barly

    1 part rolled oats

    1 part safflower seed

    and of course free choice oyster shell and grit

    also will prolly add kelp to this

    anything i need to add? should i add bone meal?

    btw cost for grain alone is 48 cents a pound
     
    Last edited: May 26, 2011
  5. hbwbk

    hbwbk Out Of The Brooder

    I thought salt was no good for chickens.
     
  6. Aj1911

    Aj1911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i thought that as well :hmm
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

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  8. Aj1911

    Aj1911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    found some millit so now this is how imma do there mix

    4 parts wheat

    1 part corn

    1 part rolled oats

    1 part rolled barley

    1 part safflower

    1 part millit

    1 part BOSS if i can ever get them to eat it [​IMG]
     
  9. angidee

    angidee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a couple questions
    So, can the chickens break apart WHOLE corn?
    What is De?
    Are the peanuts in the shell or out?

    Thanks!
     
  10. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone any recipes that they have used long term and had good egg production?
     

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