hand powered feed mixer

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  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I mix my own feed and will be increasing volume be just over a 5 gallon bucket full per day. I will be constructing feed and brooder rooms to operate off grid. Anyone know of a hand powered feed mixer that can handle desired volume?
     
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

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    I do not, sorry.
     
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I'd think a hand-cranked cement/mortar mixer would be what was wanted.

    Assuming anyone makes them anymore.
     
  4. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would use an electric cement mixer.

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  5. B'villechicken

    B'villechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A.T. Hagan :

    I'd think a hand-cranked cement/mortar mixer would be what was wanted.

    Assuming anyone makes them anymore.

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  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Purpose is to be able to mix feed stuffs in barn where electricity is lacking. I am looking into cement mixers by finding the hand powered variety only in UK. Shipping thus be high.
     
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    B'villechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mantis makes a compost tumbler that sits up on a tubular stand. I have the double one but a single one would work great as a mixer. The advantage to the one from Mantis is that you can put a wheelbarrow under it to empty it when you're done. I don't know how to link so maybe someone will post a link to the website.

    David
     
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Quote:Exactly what I was thinking.
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I know this is probably not helpful, but I will mention it:

    I mix my feed too.

    What I have tried to reduce the mixing workload is:

    Mix the high protein component of the recipe separately in its own bin (all seeds). Then all you have to do is take ____ scoops of the high protein component (all seeds premixed and concentrated) and add to bucket of low protein component grain that you measure out. (4 lb of oats, 10 lb wheat, etc.)

    The advantage of this is that if you are only providing a few grains, you don't have to mix the GRAINS ahead of time (it is a lot of work to get all those seeds dispersed through the vast quantities of grains evenly and ahead of time).

    This proves to be easy to mix, since you can just loosely take your hand through the bucket and quickly mix it without having to worry about missing certain seeds. I am assuming that your feeders allow them to bill through quite a bit of the feed to select which grains and seeds they want to eat (free choice). This wouldn't work well if you are only offering a small amount of feed for them to choose from.

    Sometimes during VERY cold weather I do a rotation of one day wheat/another grain, next day oats/millet/etc., then rotate through all my grains so that they receive ALL the grains over a period of about 3 days. This is mixed with my premixed mix of seeds/grains. I know this is less accurate and my protein % won't be on target. I also throw in a lot of sunflower seeds too sometimes as a guarantee of enough protein. This is my "I'm in a hurry mode." I have only gone into that mode a couple of times (so about 100 lb of feed).

    I do this based on the human research that shows that you don't have to have the two parts of the complete protein all in the same meal or even day....I hope I am remembering this correctly.

    The other helpful thing I have tried it to use a large oval galvanized metal tub and mix the feed with my hands. The downside of this is that then it is heavy when you want to pour it.

    I just wanted to mention this in case you had not thought of NOT mixing your grains ahead of time- just do it by hand in the bucket before adding the seed mix. [​IMG]
     

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