Homemade chick starter!!!! Updated

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PaulaJoAnne, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Updated to add:
    FOr the first 2-3 weeks, it would be best to partially grind this recipe, especially the split peas and lentils.
    Ours are managing, working around the big stuff, so, I am going to run it all through my grain mill, to make the bigger stuff smaller.

    Regardless, they love this stuff. They are with mamma hen, so in addition, I ma giving them fresh scoops of dirt we saved last fall for this purpose.
    She is teaching them all about scratching in it.
    And, she actually feeds them as well, showing them what is the real food.

    Look what I am going to be making!!!
    Except we will add Kombucha to the water, in place of the vinegar. It has probiotics in it.

    Greener Pastures Farm Chick Starter Recipe #3
    This recipe is whole grains, except for the corn, and can be fed to newly hatched chicks as is (whole grain) or soaked overnight. I used to grind their feed, but found that they waste most of it, and remembered that Mother Nature does not grind food for baby chicks!

    Milk is made available free-choice, as is water with apple cider vinegar and garlic. Worms or scrambled eggs (with some fresh garlic added) are given daily. I am able to find all the following ingredients in certified organic form, except the kelp. My worms and my eggs are "home-grown" and are therefore organic! PLEASE NOTE: Do not feed milk or oyster shell to chicks that receive a premixed feed; these additions are only for chickens fed a home-made feed that does not already contain calcium in the mix. ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

    2 parts whole corn, ground (or purchased organic corn meal)

    3 or 4 parts whole wheat

    1 part barley

    1 part oat groats

    1 part shelled sunflower seeds

    1/2 part lentils

    1/2 part split green peas

    1 part millet

    1/4 part flax seeds

    1/2 part seaweed

    garlic (several cloves per gallon of water)

    ACV (about 2 Tablespoons per gallon of water)

    organic milk to drink (don't worry if they don't drink it all up; if it

    solidifies, they will ingest it with glee!)

    freshly dug worms

    organic scrambled eggs
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2010
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  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Your chicks have a gourmet diet!
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  3. Armageddon

    Armageddon Songster

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    Wow! Very Impressive!![​IMG]

    How much do you make at one time? How much does it cost to make it?
  4. Keri78

    Keri78 Songster

    Oct 17, 2009
    WOWZERS!!! You Go Girl! Mine are eating the generic "chick starter" from TTS!!![​IMG] How much did you spend on your ingrdients and about how how will they last? I've been thinking about mixing my own feed but didn't know where to start and quickly became overwhelmed on the computer:barnie...would love for you to share more details... Thanks! Keri:thumbsup
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2010
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  5. lildinkem

    lildinkem Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Very cool!! Great post!!
  6. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    well, we have most of the ingrediants in house already, since I buy grains and legumes in bulk.
    So I have no idea what it would cost.
    If you are a whole foodie, I bet you have most of them on hand as well.

    Just missing the flax and millet, so I just skipped the flax, and used a bit of Quinoa in place of the millet.
    Oh, and no seaweed either. I just chopped up some greens in the kitchen for them.
    Make sure to add grit!

    We will shop for those needed ingrediants soon, but they will be fine with the subds for a few days.

    We have always used Kombucha for probiotics. In fact, half my flock had the sniffles 2 days ago, and I gave them 1 pint of it, in a quart of water.
    No sniffles today.
    And rather then milk ( which is raw) I feed a bit of raw milk kefir on ocassion.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2010
  7. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    update in first post [​IMG]
  8. Spore

    Spore Songster

    Dec 5, 2009
    Great! I am going to feed mine some steel cut oats for the first day or two until I can get them some feed from the store. I was thinking I might give them some of the non-fat yogurt that I eat quite a bit. In fact, the babies are pretty much going to eat what I eat.
  9. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Quote:Take into account that non fat yogurt is just milk sugar. Pure carbs. So make sure to balance that for the chicks.
  10. Spore

    Spore Songster

    Dec 5, 2009
    Okay, do I need to get them some protein? There is a little protein in the yogurt according to the nutrition facts.

    Edited to add the nutrition label:

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 cup
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 120 Calories from Fat 0
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 0g 0%
    Saturated Fat 0g 0%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 5mg 1%
    Sodium 180mg 7%
    Total Carbohydrate 17g 5%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 17g
    Protein 12g
    Vitamin A 10%Vitamin C 4%Calcium 45%Iron 0%
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 c
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2010

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