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. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like your thinking [​IMG] I wouldn't want to feed fish by products to chickens though.. this is due to the effects on egg taste [​IMG]
     
  2. Tomtommom

    Tomtommom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think a lot of people go way too extreme with a lot of things. I'm a very accepting person, and I have friends in all niches.. I have 'Monsanto is the devil' friends and the kind that don't care what's in a hotdog. Liberals and Libertarians... I'm middle of the road on a lot of things.

    GMO -could- be used for good, and it -could- be used for bad. Sadly, certain companies are using it for bad.. chasing the almighty dollar. But hey, rice that's more nutritious and easier to grow, awesome! Pesticides and the likes... I don't like the idea of spraying that stuff directly onto my food, but I sure as heck spray it around my house [​IMG] As with a lot of things, moderation and common sense is key. But Lord knows those are hard to come by these days [​IMG]

    The internet is an awesome tool, but at the same time it's terrifying how easily folks get riled up about some of the half-truths and circumstantial evidence. Ofcourse, a lot of it is arm-chair rioting [​IMG]

    In the end, what -I- hope to achieve is what you're doing, Oz. On a much smaller scale [​IMG]
     
  3. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I cannot mention the "M" word corporation in the above post. I am in trouble enough already.


    Please do not start a debate over them.

    So I was bored this afternoon and started fine tuning spreadsheets.

    The blending of our own feeds has been going well but I wanted to drill down on amino acids as well as vitamins minerals and trace elements. I must have read 200 pages of poultry and swine nutrition info.

    I have been adding a vitamin and electolyte premix from here. About a week ago I made contact with a Chinese manafacturer of vitamin suppliments using my @cocobeachpoultry address. (they are reputable btw). They OFFERED to sending me 10lbs of the stuff as a sample. I just have to pay shipping. SCORE. It mixes in at 1oz per hundred pounds of feed. It should last a while.

    I fiddled and farted over my spreadsheet looking at all sorts of combinations to get protein and lysine levels where I want them.

    TO MAKE 100KG Starter Grower Finisher Layer
    0-6 6-12 12+
    fish meal (kg)
    soy meal (kg) 22 10 7 7
    rice bran (kg) 78 85 68 68
    corn bran (kg)
    copra meal (kg) 5 25 25
    Salt (g) 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00
    Vit & Elec (g) 50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00
    Selenium (mg/100kg) 50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00
    Biotin (mg/100kg) 50.00 50.00 50.00 50.00
    Oyster Shell (kg) 0.50 0.50 0.50 2.00
    Amprolium 20% (g) 63.00

    Protein % 21.9 17.4 15.3 15.3
    Lysene g/kg 11.5 8.4 6.9 6.9

    Price per 100kg Php ₱2,094 ₱1,550 ₱1,389 ₱1,389
    Price per 100kg USD $49.86 $36.90 $33.07 $33.07
    Price per 50lb USD $11.47 $8.49 $7.61 $7.61

    Store bought pellets
    Price per 100kg Php ₱2,650 ₱2,550 ₱2,520 ₱2,520
    Price per 100kg USD $63.10 $60.71 $60.00 $60.00
    Price per 50lb USD $14.51 $13.96 $13.80 $13.80

    savings per 50lb $3.04 $5.48 $6.19 $6.19




    I am currently using the equivalent of 13 x 50lb sacks per month spending $105 and saving $80 over store bought product
     
  4. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I did the same for pigs..........................

    its looking like it could be worth the venture.

    I want to set up the piggery so that I have 2 sows farrow every 10 weeks.

    That will give us enough time for a missed pregnancy and not need more than 2 farrowing crates built.

    Ten sows seems to be the magic number for me. Its enough to justify room and board for a boar as the local inseminator gets the pick of each litter as payment. That would be 20-25 piggletts a year and would trim $1200-1500 off anual weaner sales.

    Upon final approval of Mrs Oz I will start with 2 weaner gilts at Thanksgiving and 2 more the 1st week of Feb and so on. The first pigletts would be born mid-late August.

    As Mrs Oz is heading back to our island with a small shipping container I scored 120 sq feet of plastic pig flooring for farrowing pens and weaners. I sent Mrs Oz off to pick it up today. Bless her for putting up with me.

    And the aquaponics........

    I might have a source for one of those 250 gallon IBC tanks..................

    Thanksgiving is going to be a busy week.
     
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    ever wonder what nutrients are in feed products? It took a while to collate this into a spreadsheet so I might as well post it

    copra rice bran soy fish meal maize
    Main analysis Unit Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg
    Dry matter % as fed 91.5 90.2 87.9 92.2 87.2
    Crude protein % DM 22.4 12.7 51.8 70.6 9.5
    Crude fibre % DM 14.2 16.3 6.7 2.3
    NDF % DM 54.7 34.4 13.7 11.9
    ADF % DM 28.7 19.6 8.3 3.1
    Lignin % DM 6.7 6.8 0.8 0.6
    Ether extract % DM 9.8 14.4 2 9.9 4.1
    Ash % DM 6.8 12.4 7.1 18.4 1.4
    Total sugars % DM 11.4 2.8 9.4 3.1
    Gross energy MJ/kg DM 20.1 20.2 19.7 20.4 18.7
    Minerals Unit Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg
    Calcium g/kg DM 1.2 0.7 3.9 43.4 0.2
    Phosphorus g/kg DM 5.8 13.8 6.9 27.9 2.9
    Potassium g/kg DM 20.1 12.3 23.7 8.7 3.5
    Sodium g/kg DM 0.6 0.2 0.1 11.3 0
    Magnesium g/kg DM 3 6.5 3.1 2.3 1.2
    Manganese mg/kg DM 84 138 45 16 13
    Zinc mg/kg DM 73 55 54 96 23
    Copper mg/kg DM 33 9 18 7 2
    Iron mg/kg DM 964 346 367 21
    Amino acids Unit Avg Avg Avg Avg Avg
    Alanine % protein 4 5.8 4.4 6.3 7.5
    Arginine % protein 10.7 7.2 7.4 6.2 4.9
    Aspartic acid % protein 7.7 9.3 11.3 9.1 6.8
    Cystine % protein 1.2 1.7 1.5 0.8 2.2
    Glutamic acid % protein 17.8 12.7 17.7 12.6 18.1
    Glycine % protein 4.1 5.2 4.2 6.4 3.9
    Histidine % protein 1.9 2.4 2.6 2.4 2.9
    Isoleucine % protein 3 5.3 4.6 4.2 3.6
    Leucine % protein 5.9 7 7.5 7.2 11.8
    Lysine % protein 2.6 4.4 6.1 7.5 3.1
    Methionine % protein 1.3 1.9 1.4 2.7 2.1
    Phenylalanine % protein 4.1 4.4 5 3.9 4.8
    Proline % protein 3.4 4.6 4.9 4.2 8.7
    Serine % protein 4.4 4 5 3.9 4.7
    Threonine % protein 3 3.7 3.9 4.1 3.5
    Tryptophan % protein 1.3 2.2 1.3 1 0.7
    Tyrosine % protein 2.1 3.4 3.5 3.1 3.4
    Valine % protein 4.7 5.4 4.8 4.9 4.9
     
  6. Lillahimed

    Lillahimed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My god Oz! How do you have time for all of this? You must never sleep.
     
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    edited because I didint read the column headers..... Duh....
    deb
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013
  8. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that because you are on beach sand? There are a lot of ways to improve the soil and with your growing collection of animals it will get easier and better each year. If any seaweed washes up on your beach collect it and put on garden space, add all the litter from the chicken and other pens. I was on a fine sand when I lived in TX and it took 3-5 years of very heavy applications of organic matter to really build it up, even then took a lot of water because it just ran through the sand. However I did discover a good trick of burying all my butchering waste below the garden beds, that really helped. Another help was to keep everything mulched, I was able to get shredded tree trimmings delivered, for permanent landscaping beds I laid down thick layers of cardboard and newspaper to help keep out the weeds then covered with about six inches of mulch, added more mulch as it sank down and decomposed. In ten years you couldn't see sand in the upper few inches, just rich soil like in a forest.
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Indeed it is the sand, but also the salt.

    We are trying to build the soil and in an area of about 3000 sq feet where we have hardwood trees planted ver close to each other we have the slightest makings of soil. We do grow camote there.
     
  10. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It takes awhile and it takes waaaay more organic matter than the books tell you to put on. Example, most books recommend adding 1/2 to 1 inch of manure or compost per year or growing season; on my sand I added 6 inches of vermicompost every three or four months; when ever I was starting a new crop. Also keeping several inches of mulch around the plants as soon as they were big enough.

    You might want to watch all of the parts that go with this video; here they find a way that desalinates the soil
     

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