Informal Survey - What do you feed and why?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by casportpony, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Any type of reply will help! Need as much data as possible!

    Lay pellets?
    Lay Crumble?
    Maintence crumble?
    Maintence pellet?
    Percent Protein?
    Scratch?
    Non-GMO?
    Non-soy?
    Organic?
    Medicated?
    Non-medicated?
    Table scraps?
    Oyster shell?

    Thanks for taking time to look at this! Any answer will be helpful.

    -Kathy

    Edited to add: Fermented?
     
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  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed layer 18 percent not picky on whether crumble or pellets.

    Flockraiser 20 percent.

    Ground corn and ddg mix from where I work.

    Garden leftovers.

    Plus my flock free ranges so whatever they find.

    Gamebird 27 percent for poults.
     
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  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Thanks for the input!

    -Kathy
     
  4. fowlman01

    fowlman01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I feed Kings flock pellets 20% protein. I feed that to everything..... geese, ducks and chickens large and bantam and chicks brooded by a broody hen. Chicks that I have brooded I start those with medicated chick starter for about 3-4 weeks. Chicks raised by hens have no problem with pellets. I'm not sure how they do it but they thrive.

    I don't feed any supplements or medications other than what I have mentioned. [​IMG]

    Note the natural sheen in this bird. Good health is in good breeding.

    Walt
     
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  5. caychris

    caychris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed King Freedom Layer Pellets.
    Occasionally made into a wet mash (free choice pellets available as well)
    with the following additives (ACV DE and Organic Sea Kelp)

    Also get veggie table straps. Some fruit.

    They get some free range time hour or two almost daily (planning on building chicken tunnel like area to give them more green space.going to start doing a kind of cell grazing idea)

    Free choice oyster shell is available.
    Im not that good about giving them probiotic water additives but I think I may have figured out a way to work that.

    I am aiming for a balance of low maint and high quality varied diet.
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Keep the replies coming, this is the sort of data I need!

    -Kathy
     
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  7. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I make my own feeds. I dont feed scratch. birds get free ranging time.

    I offer oyster shell ad-libertum


    Adult Chickens 16%
    Copra 0 KG
    Rice Bran 70 KG
    Soy Meal 5 KG
    Fish Meal 6 KG
    Corn Meal 50 KG
    Oyster Shell 3 KG
    Vit and Minerals 1.5 cups
    Salt 0.25 cups

    Birds 6-20 wks 18%
    Copra 0 KG
    Rice Bran 25 KG
    Soy Meal 4.5 KG
    Fish Meal 3 KG
    Corn Meal 25 KG
    Oyster Shell 1 KG
    Vit and Minerals 0.5 cups
    Salt 4 TBS

    Adult Quail 18%
    Copra 0 KG
    Rice Bran 12 KG
    Soy Meal 3 KG
    Fish Meal 1 KG
    Corn Meal 13 KG
    Oyster Shell 0.5 KG
    Vit and Minerals 0.25 cups
    Salt 2 cups

    chicks 20%
    Copra 0 KG
    Rice Bran 0 KG
    Soy Meal 4 KG
    Fish Meal 2.5 KG
    Corn Meal 30 KG
    Oyster Shell 0 KG
    Vit and Minerals 0.5 cups
    Amprolium 1 TBS
    Salt 0 TBS

    quail chicks 25%
    Copra 0 KG
    Rice Bran 0 KG
    Soy Meal 5 KG
    Fish Meal 6 KG
    Corn Meal 30 KG
    Oyster Shell 0 KG
    Vit and Minerals 0 cups
    Amprolium 1 TBS
    Salt 0 TBS



    I dont seek out non-gmo ingredients. the rice bran is from locally grown rice, the soy is imported from Australia, corn bran comes from a nearby island and fishmeal is tuna from general santos in Mindanao.



    for 2 weeks prior to processing, our birds get fresh copra to increase total energy intake
     
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  8. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Mazuri waterfowl maintenance, because it's got a good balance, the pellets float, and it's about the only thing my little stinker will eat. :p And also some greens each day, whether it's kale or just some clover weeds he chomps down.
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Collecting data. [​IMG]

    -Kathy
     
  10. IttyBiddyRedHen

    IttyBiddyRedHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Locally milled layer crumbles....turned into fermented feed. Except when it is raining. Then they just eat the feed dry.
    Always un-medicated.
     
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