Easily distracted by chickens
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??Well nobody really gave me tips except to buy the premade mix at the store. However I looked into it myself after not finding much helpful information and found the dried split peas offer a lot of protien and are good for ducks. I regret even asking as I felt more attacked about my post than helped. Thanks for the input though. Next time I will just look fervently instead of asking on here.
I will never understand why inexperienced people come to a forum to ask the advice of the "experts" who have already learned the right way to manage a flock and then perceive their advice as attacks. It happens all the time. This is one of the biggest negatives of online forums. You cannot see facial expressions, hear tones of voice, etc. and sometimes very good intentions are very misinterpreted as an attack.
The premade mixes, for most, are the best option.
I have made my own feed before but it is very time consuming to gather the proper ingredients. It actually did cost a bit less but I had to do more work to ensure that the birds received a balanced diet. The two most important ingredients in my mix were organic food grade fish meal and Fertrell Poultry Nutri-balancer to ensure proper vitamin/mineral balance in the mix. Because I used whole grains, the best way to ensure everything was eaten was to ferment it.
Anyone touting feeding dog food to poultry is taking uneducated, cheap short cuts for a protein source. If you are going to buy a dog food that has high quality meat, you are going to be paying a lot.
You discovered yourself that the birds will pick out what they want and leave the rest behind. That leaves them with an imbalanced diet. They may be able to self correct with a very highly diverse area to free range in. But it's not an ideal way to manage feeding practices.
So it all comes back to the easiest way to ensure your flock is receiving a balanced diet? Commercial. I don't particularly like it but I feed it. Even when I did my own mix I used about 40% commercial/60% homemade.
You really can learn a tremendous amount of information here if you just set aside any judgements about content and evaluate the information you were given.
But I still stand by my statement about many of the YouTuber poultry "experts". Most of what I've seen is just plain bad advice.