making home-made feed

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  1. woolychicken

    woolychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] has anyone made there own chicken feed if so what do you use ,how much ,ect.
    i was wondering if it can be done and if it is cheaper and better for my laying hens.
    wooly [​IMG]
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    I do! I use this fabulous recipe: http://www.greenerpasturesfarm.com/ChickenFeedRecipe.html
    2 parts whole corn (in winter this is increased to 3 or 4 parts)
    3 parts soft white wheat
    3 parts hard red winter wheat
    1 part hulled barley
    1 part oat groats
    1 part sunflower seeds (in winter this is increased to 2 parts)
    1 part millet
    1 part kamut
    1 part amaranth seeds
    1 part split peas
    1 part lentils
    1 part quinoa
    1 part sesame seeds
    1/2 part flax seeds
    1/2 part kelp granules
    free choice of granite grit
    free choice of oyster shell

    My birds are very healthy, too!​
     
  3. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any thing special to give to 5month old silkies
    they have not begun to lay.I had them on starter
    Purina, now I have them on Layena pellets. .
    First time with silkies and Iadore them.
    but the roo had to have his beak flipped with my finger
    hes getting feisty. [​IMG]
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:My birds are very healthy, too!

    This sounds good but I have to ask, Where do you find hard red winter wheat, oat groats, kamut, amaranth seeds, quinoa,and kelp granules? [​IMG]
     
  5. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Quote:My birds are very healthy, too!

    This sounds good but I have to ask, Where do you find hard red winter wheat, oat groats, kamut, amaranth seeds, quinoa,and kelp granules? [​IMG]

    Sometimes the bulk section in our grocery store has the ingredients. We usually order from Azure Standard though.
     
  6. rosemaryfromoregon

    rosemaryfromoregon Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm definitely moving in the direction of homemade whole grain layer feed and Greener Pastures' recipe is the one I'm most likely to end up using. The only question I have is about the sodium content. I know chickens are not supposed to have much sodium in their diets but as far as I can see this recipe has no added sodium (as some others do...even her chick start recipe). Just wondering if that is a concern for anyone else using her recipe and, if so, what, if anything, have you done about it.
     
  7. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Quote:Kelp is salty.
     
  8. woolychicken

    woolychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My birds are very healthy, too!

    This sounds good but I have to ask, Where do you find hard red winter wheat, oat groats, kamut, amaranth seeds, quinoa,and kelp granules? [​IMG]

    this may sound funny but do you cook some of the grains and if so which ones? do you grind this up this a fine mash? please let me know i am really intersted in doing this for my flock [​IMG] thanks
    wooly
     
  9. rosemaryfromoregon

    rosemaryfromoregon Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope, you don't need to cook anything. They are able to eat all those hard raw grains and legumes; their gizzards "grind" them up----- just be sure they have access to plenty of grit.
     
  10. rosemaryfromoregon

    rosemaryfromoregon Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, but one more thing: If you go with whole grain feed you want to transition them slowly to give their gizzards time to get conditioned.
     
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