making home-made feed

woolychicken

Songster
10 Years
Oct 3, 2009
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mesick michigan
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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
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Princess Amri

Is Mostly Harmless
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Jul 16, 2009
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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!​
 

Sissy

Songster
12 Years
Jul 18, 2007
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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.
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4-H chicken mom

Crowing
13 Years
Aug 3, 2007
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Oberlin, OH
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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?
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Princess Amri

Is Mostly Harmless
11 Years
Jul 16, 2009
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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?
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Sometimes the bulk section in our grocery store has the ingredients. We usually order from Azure Standard though.
 

rosemaryfromoregon

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 29, 2008
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Eugene, OR
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.
 

woolychicken

Songster
10 Years
Oct 3, 2009
127
2
109
mesick michigan
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?
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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
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thanks
wooly
 

rosemaryfromoregon

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 29, 2008
21
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Eugene, OR
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.
 

rosemaryfromoregon

In the Brooder
11 Years
Nov 29, 2008
21
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Eugene, OR
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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