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How do yo mix your home made feed?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cbenson6820, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. cbenson6820

    cbenson6820 Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't mean what ingredients are in it. I mean when you are actually making it and mixing all the grains together how do you mix it all up? I would think buying in seperate ingredients 50-100lb bags you would make at least 100 lbs at a time but thats a lot of feed to try to stir or shake up, so how do you mix it?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I get someone to help and we each slowly pour bags into a large metal trash can.
    If you have no help, just pour it in layers a few inches thick, and it will mix when you scoop it out.

    It's not necessary to have it thoroughly mixed since they will end up eating it all anyway
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    That.
     
  4. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For us, a cement mixer with a lid seems to do the trick. 100# fit fine.

    How I mix the balanced complete feed: First the premix with salt, a few minerals, spices, vitamins, probiotics, etc., in a carrier (for instance, wheat bran) are put in a large ziploc and then mixed by turning the bag upside down back and forth repeatedly, etc.

    The other ingredients are weighed, prepared, etc., and put in the cement mixer.

    A hole is dug in the middle of ingredients in the cement mixer and then the premix is placed there and then covered.

    The mixer is turned on (timing switch set to 50 minutes) and is tilted at two different angles while mixing.

    Since we use quite a few different powdery ingredients (macro and trace minerals, etc., etc.), as well as very minute amounts of some ingredients, I feel that thorough mixing is critical. This link http://www.dsm.com/en_US/html/dnpna/anh_swin_mixing.htm and explains that it's a given in livestock operations that thorough mixing of feed is important. This link animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/zinn/pdf/04.pdf explains that the principle objective to mixing feed is to make sure that the animal receives all of its necessary daily nutrients each day. It seems to be pretty standard stuff in feed mixing literature.

    When making scratch grain mix (not balanced complete feed), I just toss in scoops of this or that based on my objective for that particular group of chickens. For instance: Three scoops of grain X into the five-gallon bucket, one scoop of grain Y, and half a scoop of grain Z. Swirl it with my hand a few times and call it good. Sometimes I fill the whole five-gallon bucket and then I will layer it so that it's mixed as I scoop it out into the feeder or for tossing. Balanced complete feed, where each ingredient must be carefully weighed, though is completely different from scratch grain mix.
     
  5. Chris09

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    On small batches of feed I just use a wheel barrel and a shovel, I can mix around 50 lbs at a time in a wheel barrel and have 2-3 hundred pounds done in no time.
    On larger batches 500 lbs or better I just have my mill mix it, they only charge $ 5.00 to mix 500 lbs.

    Chris
     

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