Making your own feed?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CDennis, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have run the numbers and the flock raiser and scratch grain is a spendy undertaking with the way my birds eat. I am thinking about mixing my own feed but I am not sure what to include. I know a lot of people feed BOSS. Does anyone have a mix they use that is more reasonable?
     
  2. forgeblast

    forgeblast New Egg

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    I have a big galvanized garbage can, I mix in 1 50 lb bag of sunflower seeds, 1 50 lb bag of grains, and 1 50 lb bag of crumbles, it lasts me for a long time. I have 4 (1 roo, 3 hens) since i lost a few.
     
  3. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Rolled Oats, Grain mixes, Sunflower Seeds, and other grains like corn, wheat, etc.

    Personally I like to go with things like Quinoa, Amaranth, Flaxseed, Peas, etc both those are all expensive. I have the room to grow my own though. [​IMG]
     
  5. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recommend a whole grain diet using sprouting and UltraKibble and the forage blocks it has saved me much on my costs and cut back on the amount all my birds eat and I no longer need to buy turkey feed I'm making my own....I use re-cleaned oats and wheat, sunflower seeds, split peas and whole peas, flax,milo and corn. I feed sprouts in the morning and keep a feeder filled with the dry grains mixed with UltraKibble and keep grit, charcoal and oyster shell out. Now I need to buy a grinder so I can make my young bird feed as the UltraKibble is too large for the babies to eat. I was reluctant to start as it seemed expensive I do have to order and pay shipping on the Kibble no store carries it yet close to me I've been using it for a month and it's saving me money and the birds are no longer acting hungry all the time the droppings are dryer the smell is less more eggs less mess. Right now we are having record amounts of rain and I cannot use my free choice feeders like I like but trying to put pans out with enough food for the day and I keep putting too much out.......
     
  6. TheyThinkI'mTheirMom

    TheyThinkI'mTheirMom Out Of The Brooder

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    What exactly is BOSS? I've seen it mentioned a few times, but I haven't the foggiest idea what it is.

    We use Layena pelleted in the am, and scratch in the pm. And most veggie and fruit leftovers, etc from our table. In the winter they get warm oatmeal at bedtime:p
     
  7. CDennis

    CDennis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Never thought of it but I have room to grow my own also!
     
  8. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BOSS=black oil sunflower seeds
     
  9. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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  10. TheyThinkI'mTheirMom

    TheyThinkI'mTheirMom Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks. I'll have to get some.
     

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