Layer Feed vs. Homemade Mix?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mylilchix, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 11-13 week olds have been on Start & Grow since day one, and we're quickly approaching the time to put them on a layer feed. Should I stick with a layer feed or can I mix my own feed for them? Then what kind of a mix do you use?

    Thanks, Sonja
  2. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2008
    Depending on your area, it might be easiest to just by feedstore brands and supplement with free range and/or kitchen trimmings. If you live in a rural area, it might be nice to grow your own grains, etc. for homemade feed. It's really a personal preference... Hope your girls are successful layers!
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    You could search here on BYC and find many discussions about possible home made or home grown feeds for your flock. Here is another place to look...
  4. Xtina

    Xtina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    I did a basic search for the term "homemade feed" and this was the only thread I found. Does anyone know off the top of their head where some other threads are?
  5. BaronRenfrew

    BaronRenfrew Chillin' With My Peeps

  6. Xtina

    Xtina Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2008
    Portland, Oregon
  7. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 31, 2007
    Washington State
    I start my birds out on Medicated Chick Starter. After six to eight weeks on Starter, I put my, I guess you could say Toddler’s, on Starter/Grower. They stay on Starter/Grower for the next 10-12 weeks. Once the Toddler’s get feathered in good, I begin mixing up a batch of “All Purpose Grower” for them. This consists of a mix of Flock Raiser, Game Bird Flight Conditioner, VigorGrow, Cat Food, Scratch, Rolled Oats, DE, Acidophilus, Powdered Milk, Rooster Booster, and maybe something else too. I can’t remember, that’s why I’ve got it written down somewhere. Once they get close to laying I add Layer Pellets to that mix. There’s actually a formula all worked out, believe it or not.

    I do this because we show our poultry and I believe it gives them healthier plumage plus they get all the other stuff they need (i.e. protein, calcium, etc.) in the right percentages to keep them laying well.
  8. mylilchix

    mylilchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Tailfeathers, do you have an exact recipe for that? That sounds like one I could easily put together.

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