I decided I'd try mixing my own chicken feed. I have read quite a few different recipes, but I can't get all the ingredients. So, I went to the local mill and got a list of the grains I can get. I can get: Corn (whole, cracked, crimped) Wheat Barley Roasted Soybeans Fish Meal Cotton Seed (Can chickens eat these?) Alfalfa Linseed (Again, can they eat these?) Oats (whole or rolled) Shredded or Pelleted Beet Pulp Grit (starter, grower and layer and I would like to have this mixed in) I can get soybean meal, too, but I read it isn't really a good thing to feed and roasted soybeans are a better choice. Other than the above listed, I can get wild bird feed added and BOSS. My birds normally just pick out the BOSS from the wild bird seed, so adding wild bird seed may be a waste of $. What for vitamins and minerals do I need? A, K, Salt...? I don't know if they have kelp. I have to mix 1000lbs at a time. I want to see if it'll be cost effective to mix my own since I have such a mixed variety of chickens. I usually have more chicks than adults and I don't feed them medicated feed anymore. I stay away from layer feeds now, because I usually have equal numbers of males and females. I was tired of having 3 types of feed and the kids were getting confused when they fed their birds. So, I began to mix a wild bird feed, scratch, BOSS, oyster shell and grit in on barrel and the 16% pullet grower in the other barrel. That was working, but it's a pain to mix and it's sometimes forgotten. I still can't give it to the boys or babies, too. I also want something higher in protein. Ideally, 20% would be nice. I want this feed for my chickens of all ages and I want to be able to feed it to geese, ducks and quail if and when we get them. My local mill sells their pullet grower for $9 a 50#. It's cheap enough, but it doesn't fufill my needs. I will still have to offer oyster shell, but that's okay! ETA: So, I am asking, if you were mixing a feed, what percentage of what's on the above list would you put in your feed? And, what vitamins/minerals do I need? Something else... I plan on raising my own heritage corn (blue and green corn) and pumpkins so I cant add the seeds to their diet later on. I won't have a lot of this available in the beginning, though.