Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    good to hear that you got the chicks back on the rite path OZ

    no eggs ....nothing had to buy a 1/2 dozen so the wife could make a cake :(
    we have been feeding fermented feed they sure do eat it fast
    maybe i will have to also add a feeder inside the coop with pellets
    i guess it could be that they are not getting enough to eat????
    anyhow no one is laying at this point
    i have this huge bator & nothing to put in it to test it out
    things are going to have to change or i'll be having a whole flock of chickens in my big freezer out on the back porch[​IMG]

  2. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I up protein content of the feed to 22% this time of year (28% if I can get hold of it) .

    It gives the molters a needed boost and I think helps the tweenies put on weight for the winter/get ready for spring laying.
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    my layers have dropped way down with molting. I boosted the protein a week ago

    I ordered feed today.

    50KG soy (56% protein)
    300kg Rice Bran (14% protein)

    a total of 780lbs of feed for USD140.00

    What are the going rates for various feeds in USA and Oz?
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Normally I feed the layers 90% Rice Bran 10% Soy - making it 18%

    at 30% soy its 26% Protein.

    I add multivitamins add electrolytes.

    A 110lb sack of pellets costs me $13.50 whereas blending my own runs $9.10
  5. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

    Aug 1, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Around here I pay $20.50 -$22.50 for a 50lb bag.

    As the feed is for "food" ****** you should never have to pay tax on it (US) ******
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    yikes. remind me to just have a few chickens when my family repatriates here
  7. Ashburnham

    Ashburnham Chillin' With My Peeps

    Layers pellets are $13.50 here for a 20 kg bag,
    Grower crumbles are $25.50 a 20 kg bag.
    Wheat is $15.95 for a 20 kg bag.

    xxxx M
  8. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2013
    Montevallo, AL
    Purina Layena is $16.99 for 50lbs at the local Tractor Supply, but I think Oz' food might be better [​IMG] I can get some stuff for around $15 for 50 lbs at the mill, but I hate to drive around needlessly, and I never have a reason to head out that way.
  9. piglett

    piglett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2012
    i pay $12.49 at blueseal for layer pellets
    finish pellets for the meat birds runs a couple bucks more
  10. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2013
    I pay between $20 and $25 for a 100lb bag of Layena at our Community Supplies place. More if I buy it from Tractor Supply or Country Max.

    ETA: Actually...I'm not sure that it's Layena that I'm buying at Community. It's layer ration, but it comes in a giant white burlap bag sooo.....?????

    We asked the mennonites where to buy chicken feed, lol....they know all the good cheap places. As it turns out, Community is Mennonite run.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2013

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