Feed Options for Hens

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by anthonyjames, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    So I am trying to make my own mix of feed for my layers. They free range and my plans are the following:

    500 lbs Corn
    320 lbs Roasted Soybeans
    120 lbs Crimped/Rolled Oats
    4 Egg Innvations
    5lbs Kelp
    8 lbs Salt
    10 lbs Poultry Pellets (Poultry Pellets are lime chips or calcium carbonate.)

    (The Egg innovations is a vitamin premix consisting of

    Vitamin A 2,000,000 IU/lb.
    Vitamin D3 670,000 IU/lb.
    Vitamin E 2,660 IU/lb.
    Vitamin K 400IU/lb.

    Choline Chloride, Managanese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Diatomoaceous EArth, Vitamin K Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin E Supplement, Organic Soy Oil, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Thiamine, Cholecalciferol, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine, Folic Acid.)

    My questions are the following:

    Is the Sodium Selenite in the Egg Innovations all the salt I need or should I omit the extra salt?

    For offering other options of food what should I add as side dishes?
    Sunflower Seed?
    Lime or Oyster (calcium)?

    I would like to offer them more than just not sure what all I should give them extra if they need it.

  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I mix my own feed too, and I just offer the salt free choice. They do peck at it, and self-regulate. I use sea salt, no iodine, but I don't know if that is what is recommended. I haven't read anything scientific about this, but I believe animals know how much salt they need.

    The kelp I dump on top of the feed once it's in the feeder, because it's so small. I don't bother with vitamins, since mine are in a large garden eating other things. I also place diatomaceous earth in their feeder periodically, maybe once a week, on top of the grains and they eat it. I also sprinkle it all over the shavings.

    I offer grit in the run at all times, #3 for the older girls, and #1 for the chicks, #2 for the young pullets. Oyster shell I haven't started yet, since they haven't started laying.

    Here is the link to the recipe I got off http://www.greenerpasturesfarm.com/ChickenFeedRecipe.html
    and I have changed it back and forth so much that it isn't the same anymore. I used Pearson's square and Kim's rectangle.

    20 parts corn, cracked
    60 parts red wheat
    30 parts millet
    1 part cracked peanuts unsalted
    4 parts sunflower seeds
    2 1/2 parts oats (not rolled or quick) from the feed store
    8 1/2 parts crushed pumpkin seeds

    I am currently using the last bit I mixed up of this one (but I modified it for 17% protein since my girls aren't layers yet):
    20 parts corn
    10 parts oats
    60 parts wheat
    10 parts wheat bran (blows away as you sift- I don't think I'll buy again)
    30 parts millet
    5 parts split peas (they don't like these)
    1 part peanuts (these are expensive and I have to crush them)
    4 parts sunflower seeds.

    I enjoy calculating the protein and trying new foods out for the girls to eat. I am trying to avoid GMO soy. I found this recipe by doing a search for chicken feed recipes. I have found that the girls don't waste as much feed by using whole grains, IMO.

    Frankly, I think I will be getting away from the pumpkin seeds, split peas, and peanuts. They just enjoy the sunflower seeds so much more. Maybe I'll rotate them.

  3. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    Well here is what I can get at my feed mill. They will mix, roll and bag what ever I ask if I purchase at least 500 lbs which I do. So any help would be great. 20 of my hens have been laying year already and 60 of them will begin laying in August sometime.

    Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. (Whole)
    Stripe Sunflower Seeds (Whole)
    Flax Seeds
    Red Millet
    White Millet
    Wheat (Not sure which type)
    Peanut Pickouts

    I already have Kelp and DE.

    I just got my birds off of soymeal and have them on roasted soybeans. But I would like to get them off of soy in general. Plus, I removed all meat meal. I feel they get all the meat they need from either us with leftovers or from their bugs.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2010

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