Homemade Chicken Feed Recipe--How Does This Sound?

HobbitWife

In the Brooder
Jun 11, 2020
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Hi everyone!
We're about to transition our flock of laying hens (and one pullet) to a homemade mix of grains/seeds, etc. I found this recipe one BYC ages ago (will link the original post if I can find it,) and just wanted to run it by some more experienced chicken keepers:
12 cups of whole unhulled oats
8 cups of hard red wheat
8 cups of soft white wheat
6 cups of whole corn
4 cups of split peas (using yellow)
4 cups of lentils
2 cups of flax seeds
1 cup of alfalfa pellets
1 cup of sesame seeds
3/4 cup of kelp granules
2 tbsp of molasses
I ran this through the Garden Betty chicken feed calculator, and it looks like the macros are right: 16% protein, 4.4% fat.
We are getting everything (except the molasses, which we already have on hand) from Azure Standard.
How does it look? Should I add a poultry balancer like this one? https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/...ry-nutri-balancer-regular/13782?package=GP039
Anywho, hope everyone is having a good day!
 

nuthatched

Fishin' for Chickens
Nov 9, 2019
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Nix the oat, corn (they can't eat whole corn), lentils, peas (you can't feed dried legumes to poultry) and sesame seeds are too fatty.
You're not going to save money or have healthier (at least with this formula) chickens with homemade feeds entirely.
There are not nearly enough amino acids , and vitamins or minerals in this, just straight up carbs.
You can develop your own scratch but don't futz with feed.
 

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