Local Co-op milled feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by harleyjo, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
    I found a co-op about an hour from me that makes their own layer feed as well as selling the commercial feed. So I thought for the savings I would try a few bags. I had someone who was going that way pick me up 3 bags.

    I was so disappointed when I opened my first bag. It was ground up so fine I felt I was feeding them powder. My mistake was not getting more information about it before I bought it. I was just so excited because I was saving at least $6.00 a bag over my local co-op layer feed price.

    They are wasting so much of this. I won't make this mistake again.
  2. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    What you received is a mash feed, you feed mash a little different that a crumble or a pellet.
    When you feed a mash feed you will want to dampen the feed just till it binds a little.

  3. suzeqf

    suzeqf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    I get layer mash from my local feed store and it's mix of mash and pieces i usually mix it with hen scratch and everyone seems to love it. I have found that they eat it as fast as the crumbles and i don't have as much waste
  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Of course, dampening makes the feed vulnerable to molding so you don't put several days' worth into a tube feeder the way you might with crumbles or pellets. A trough feeder is better suited for moistened feed.

    And yes, chickens love moistened feed but some of them do not care for dry mash at all. My folks tried putting dry mash in a tube feeder and ended up with more feed on the floor than anywhere else. I'm sure the chickens had a great time scooping it out but it was a huge amount of waste.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  5. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I rarely wet my mash, only if they leave too much powder behind and then I give it to them in a bowl. Do the large operations wet mash for their chickens? I would doubt it. I am now trying Chris 09's method though & only giving them enough for the day. They clean up the residual pretty well, instead of only eating the grain. I know if I give them fish meal separately, they clean that up real quick.
  6. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I did the same thing, bought feed from a mill and went "what the heck is this?" when I opened the bag. I did wet it up to make the chickens eat it until I got through the bags.. then I went back to crumble. I'd probably get the mash again to try it one more time if the mill wasn't far enough away to eat up the savings in gas.
  7. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    I've done the SAME thing. I now use a layer crumble from a local feed store. Cheaper than TSC and not so dusty.
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

    Mar 22, 2010
    Saratoga County, NY
    I went to agway since it was only $2 more/bag than the feed mill, came in crumbles and they deliver free to my house. Can't beat that. :p

    My chickens did eat the mash, but they didn't seem too thrilled until I wet it into a mushy mess. :)
  9. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    You didn't pick up the feed yourself. Did you ask if they sell pelletized feed? Many mills do, but you have to specify what form you want the feed in. Perhaps your friend asked for the wrong thing?
  10. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    SW Iowa
    I guess if I go back I will call and ask if they have crumbles. It was the 17% layer and that is what I told him I wanted. So it is really my fault for not checking into it further. I guess I could also try to wet it down a little. I only feed enough for a day so getting moldy shouldn't be a problem.

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