Home made/raised feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by tailfeather2014, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. tailfeather2014

    tailfeather2014 Hatching

    Nov 24, 2014
    after doing much research on this website I havnt been able to find the information I am looking for.. I will be recieving my flock of day old chicks in febuary.I plan on feeding them a 100% organic mix I have already started raising earthworms meal worms and crickets.I also have unlimited supply of mussels oysters and seaweed along with dry corn and have organic grains available. I just can't find a definitive answer on the portions of these things I would need to give the chickens a compleete diet.. plese help.. I know I will need to buy feed to start the chicks. and they will free range as long as the weather allows once they are old enough of course. .. I'm committed to raising a significant amount of mealworms earthworms and crickets. as many as I need.I have also tried to find the recipe that pellet producers use with no success..please help!!
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    It is very difficult to make your own feed and be sure they are getting enough nutrients. I tried it once and was not happy with the outcome. You might stop by our Feeding and Watering your Flock section here of the forums for more help with homemade feeds. Many people are using Fermented Feeds with great success...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/12/feeding-watering-your-flock

    Good luck and we do welcome you to our flock!
  3. tailfeather2014

    tailfeather2014 Hatching

    Nov 24, 2014
    Thank you so much.. what a quick responce .my wife and I are looking at buying a home sized pellet mill that will allow us to make and store more homemad food I know it seams like a lot of work but I feel its worth my time. Also the pellet mill can be used to make bio mass pellets for my pellet stove using dry grass.leaves.pine needles ect.. primarily I would be purchasing this to make feed pellets tho so hopefully I'll find what I need
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  4. matt44644

    matt44644 Songster

    Sep 14, 2014
    Sanilac County,Michigan
    IMO start with the ingredients you have and find their protein percentages.
    Corn is 7-8%
    Peas 25%
    1 pound corn 8% protein
    1 pound dry peas 25% protein.
    8+25=33 divide by 2 =16.5% protein for example.
  5. tailfeather2014

    tailfeather2014 Hatching

    Nov 24, 2014
    I find the calculator especially helpful thank you so much again we will be posting photos later as soon as the chicks arrive and the coop is finished we are going to be getting a dozen sex linked layers rhode island red barred rock cross and a dozen mabye 15 Mottled Houdan chicks from a small "homestead" style farm . . Thanks BYC .
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on TwoCrow's advice. Commercial feeds are specially formulated to meet all of a chicken's nutritional needs, something that is very important, especially with high yield layers like sex links, which are egg laying machines. With improper nutritional balance, not only will their lay rate drop off, but their health will suffer as well. Not only do you need to make sure that they are getting enough protein in their diet, but make sure they are getting enough calcium as well. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Are you getting Black Sex Links or Red Sex Links?
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.

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