How do I make homemade feed?

ozark hen

Living My Dream
12 Years
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?

Bear Foot Farm

11 Years
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

ozark hen

Living My Dream
12 Years
Apr 4, 2007
Mansfield, MO
Quote:thank you but I still would like to try to make my own.
My flock free ranges and gets lots of protein, grit, etc. I would like to try this for the summer months.
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12 Years
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.

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My Girls
10 Years
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!
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Circle (M) Ranch
10 Years
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.

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11 Years
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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