Making chicken feed...help with ratios please.

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  1. 4luvofchickens

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    I want to make a batch of homemade chicken feed using the following ingredients: cracked corn, dried split peas, hard red wheat, oats, boss, kelp, and salt. I also feed kitchen scraps. Grit & oyster shell is free choice.Does anyone know the proper ratios for each ingredient or know where I can find that info? Thanks in advance.
     
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  4. Uzuri

    Uzuri Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    Can't help you personally, but you might be interested in this web page: http://www.lionsgrip.com/recipes.html Might give you enough information to figure it out.

    (PS: careful with the bumps. Mods don't like them.)
     
  5. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. shesaredroan

    shesaredroan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi there,
    You might want to check out the 'feeding & watering your flock' listing under the forum here at BYC. You can look at ALL the different threads or do a search of that listing for your specific question.
    I started sprouting seed/grain last month for my flock and found lots of info there.
    Seems like BYC member 'Organics North' had some good info. [​IMG]
     
  7. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hi,
    Many of the mixes use parts as one part corn etc. Use pounds instead of parts.
     
  8. eggbuster

    eggbuster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I use these ingredients.

    I use trapper peas instead of split. The problem with peas is that the protein content can very quite a bit depending on if the farmer applied nitrogen fertilizer or not so I would recommend adding flax to up the protein and also increase the omega 3 in your eggs. Also, I found that the chickens wouldn't eat the oats, so I don't use them now and just use wheat which has more protein then oats. If you are using kelp you don't need salt as kelp has it already.

    6 parts hard red wheat
    2 parts whole corn (cracked corn is ok but if the weather is very cold give them whole corn; it helps them stay warmer and it stays fresh while cracked doesn't)
    2 parts peas
    2 parts boss
    1 part flax

    1-2 %kelp (not a whole lot)

    This recipe should give you 18-20% protein
     

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