Going 100% home-fed! Need all the help I can get!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Skip, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Skip

    Skip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, the title just about says it!

    I'm keeping a bag of commercial feed as a precaution, but ever since I got my family involved, we're getting scraps from all over town! Just last night, someone had a party and let us have the ENTIRE SALAD, cheese, lettuce, all the good stuff!

    I've decided we're going to have so many scraps we might not even need to feed commercial ration. I'm going to mix cracked corn and whole wheat with their scraps (purchased from a local farmer). Their protein will come from the following:

    Cheese
    Meat scraps
    Nuts
    Mealworms (from my farm)
    Random buggies (free-ranging chooks find them)
    All-meat baby food
    Wheat berries (got a whole bag of 'em!)

    Their energy will come from:

    Corn
    Various cereals (corn flakes, corn gritz, oatmeal, etc)
    Dried fruits
    Fresh fruits
    Bread
    Crackers
    Nuts

    Their greens will come from:

    Lettuce
    Grass
    Various veggies (carrots, tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard, etc.)
    Dandelions
    Other weeds from around the garden

    Questions:

    Can chickens have the following:

    Vinegar
    Olives
    Hot peppers


    They get grit from my gravel driveway and oyster shell.

    What can't chickens have? Are there any foods I REALLY have to avoid? I know about toasting soybeans, I've read the treat chart and the links below, but what am I ACTUALLY likely to feed?

    How do you prepare shells for calcium? I don't want my chickens ending up egg-eaters!

    Is there a place I can get all-organic, already toasted soybeans for my chickens? Or do I have to buy them and toast them myself?

    Where can I get a balanced mineral mix? If I can't, what foods should I feed on a regular basis to ensure my chickens are getting what they need?

    Can I give my chickens TOO MUCH meat?

    I read on the treat chart that I should feed cheese in moderation. Why?

    Do I have to toast ALL beans?

    What other insects can I grow for my chickens? How?

    What grains are best for protein?

    Am I asking too many questions? [​IMG]

    Thank you, everyone, for your time in reading this! My chickens will love you for the rest of their lives! (And I do too! [​IMG])
     
  2. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I don't have answers for any of your questions- I just posted to praise you for the quanity!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Skip

    Skip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:[​IMG] I AM THE MASTER OF LONG POSTS! BOW TO ME!!!
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  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    I can't answer a lot of your questions either [​IMG]

    I have heard that Soy beans must be cooked first.... so it probably is a good idea to cook all beans first, plus it should aid in digestion, I would think anyhow.

    There is a treats list that has some DON'TS listed at the bottom... things like onions, potatoes, etc. But I think those are more of a ... don't feed them gobs of.. kind of a thing... mine love french fries and left overs that I have used onion in. Birds cannot taste pepper.... you can use red pepper to keep squirrels out of feed etc... so yes, they can have it... and I've heard said that it will kick start them laying [​IMG]

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=2593-Treats_Chart
     
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  5. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] I AM THE MASTER OF LONG POSTS! BOW TO ME!!!
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    Sorry I can't right now- I pulled something in my back yesterday!! But I would if I could. YOu are indeed a master of long posts!! But I enjoyed every word - even through my pain!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Skip

    Skip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To Guitarists: Thank you for your tips! I didn't expect anyone to be able to answer ALL my questions.
     
  7. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think you are supposed to cook all the beans and the peas. I think cooked potatoes are okay too. I've read that the potatoe peelings are not good for them. But mine have always just left them laying there anyway . lol And there's all kinds of post I've read on here about red pepper and adding Apple Cider Vinegar to their water. I gave mine a couple of doses of Cayenne and My hens started laying more , BUT it made my roosters extremely "anxious" and testy. I guess it's kind of like a chicken aphrodisiac ! [​IMG]
     
  8. Skip

    Skip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I think you are supposed to cook all the beans and the peas. I think cooked potatoes are okay too. I've read that the potatoe peelings are not good for them. But mine have always just left them laying there anyway . lol And there's all kinds of post I've read on here about red pepper and adding Apple Cider Vinegar to their water. I gave mine a couple of doses of Cayenne and My hens started laying more , BUT it made my roosters extremely "anxious" and testy. I guess it's kind of like a chicken aphrodisiac ! [​IMG]

    Chicken aphrodisiac? Wow! Maybe I'll try some. My girls are lazy layers right now... [​IMG]
     
  9. cwc362

    cwc362 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's whole threads about feeding them Cayenne . And the Ac vinegar in their water is supposed to help keep them healthy and helps them not get worms. But I had some roosters that grew up together and didn't fight and after I dosed them with the cayenne, they beat the snot out of each other!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Tweeza

    Tweeza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:!!!Black Soldier Fly Larvae!!! They can eat what you don't feed the chickens or what you wouldn't feed your chickens like rotten stuff and coffee. They are very nutritious creatures and my chickens go nuts over them. So much so that the mean ones don't bother the lowest girls when they're eating them, like they do when eating scratch. They must be afraid they'll not get their fair share should their beaks stray from eating to pecking another.
     

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