How do I make homemade feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ozark hen, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    What can I mix for a simple homemade feed for layers? I understand oats without the shell is a good source, now what?
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Good question.

  3. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I know this has been answered before but for the life of me I cannot find it.
  4. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Songster

    Mar 27, 2010
    Yorktown, Virginia
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    You probably can't make one as good as what you can buy.

    You could use most any type of whole grains, but a commercial feed will have extra calcium, vitamins and minerals they need too
  6. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    Quote:thank you but I still would like to try to make my own. [​IMG] My flock free ranges and gets lots of protein, grit, etc. I would like to try this for the summer months.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2010
  7. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    Keeping protein levels up would be the main concern. Oat protein, or any plant protein, is not the same as chicken protein. To grow chickens and for them to produce eggs, they need to have a balance of protein that adds up to what they need for their bodies and eggs. And, they need about a 17% balanced protein diet, especially in the summer when they cut back on eating because of heat.

    You can over-estimate the value of bugs. Yes, they are animal protein and therefore closer to chicken protein. However, some bugs aren't even 17% protein, themselves.

    This University of Kentucky information may be of help to you: Feeding and Nutrition. Take a look at their "Common grains used in poultry diets" and "Common protein sources for poultry diets" especially. I hope they are some use to you.

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2010
  8. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    i found this online for you.

    Homemade Poultry Feed Mix

    2 parts whole corn
    3 parts soft white wheat
    3 parts hard red winter wheat
    ½ part Diatomaceous Earth (not the kind you put in your pool)
    1 part hulled barley
    1 part oat groats
    2 part sunflower seeds
    ½ part peanuts
    3 parts millet
    1 part wheat bran
    1 part split peas
    1 part lentils
    1 part quinoa
    1 part sesame seeds
    1/2 part kelp

    Mix the feed by hand so that it is thoroughly mixed. It doesn't hurt to run your hands through it before feeding in case something settles. This is based on a good bit of Internet research from a variety of places. You may find Bird Farm helpful. It has a lot of specialty mixes. Another good place for information is the forum at Backyard Chickens.

    i also found this website!
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2010
  9. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Quote:Are you wanting to go full fledged homemade or would semi-homemade work also?
    A semi-homemade feed would be a lot easier to do than a full fledged homemade.

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2010
  10. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    You can supplement with grains but you really need to give them a good amount of animal protein. Most of the year they will not be able to find enough bugs. Unless you plan to give them plenty of meat in some form you would be best off continuing to feed them a commercial feed along with any supplemental grains or seeds. Mine get straight whole oats and sunflower seeds year round. They also make off with plenty of spilled bird seed and sometimes have a flock block. In balance to that they do have meat sources like any mice we catch and the leftovers if we butcher a rooster. For around 2 or 3 months in late summer they don't even eat their layer feed despite it still being offered 24/7. Some people make homemade suet blocks for their chickens.

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