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New Corrected Recipe for homemixed feed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChickensAreSweet, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    PLEASE NOTE THIS RECIPE IS NOT 17% PROTEIN I DISCOVERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (edited to include this message)
    Thanks to Chris09, I have discovered that red wheat has 14% protein- so here's my new recipe.

    As always, check your protein levels using
    http://www.lionsgrip.com/protein.html

    And my original inspiration:
    http://www.greenerpasturesfarm.com/ChickenFeedRecipe.html

    Here is what I am going to feed my chickens (from cradle to grave after my bag of medicated chick starter is gone for my new chicks):

    I HOPE this is 17% protein!!!!!

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    54 parts red wheat
    27 parts millet (birdseed)
    14 parts alfalfa meal
    14 parts pumpkin seeds
    14 parts corn
    14 parts oats
    27 parts sunflower seeds (BOSS)
    Also some kelp meal- just a little bit

    And as always, salt, oyster shell, and grit free choice

    Whaddya think?
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  2. nurturingnaturally

    nurturingnaturally Out Of The Brooder

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    On another thread, it was mentioned that salt free-choice might be a bad idea. Slat toxicity, I think. You can check my thread about grain/seed protein levels, there was a discussion about it there.
     
  3. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nurturingnaturally,
    Yes your thread here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=408578
    I was wrong with what I gave for Hard Red Wheat. It is 14% not 17.
    Also wrong about Soybean meal it is not 34%, it is 48%.

    Thanks to other BYC'rs for the corrections.

    ChickensAreSweet,
    Yes good selections.. I thought you had a legume in there? What is the protein in Pumpkin seed? Dehulled Sunflower whats the protein? I can not see how you get to 17% with those ingredients unless the sunflower and pumpkin are doing it????

    I reworked mine to with 14% wheat instead of 17%. I also wanted to go up to 20% protein for winter since my range will be white for six months.....


    Organics North Chicken Feed

    6 part Black Oil Sunflower (16%P)
    6 part Organic Oats (12%P)
    6 parts Organic Red Wheat (14%P)

    4 part Organic Field Peas (24%P)
    3 part Organic cracked Corn (9%P)
    4 part Organic expelled Flax (34%P)
    3 part Organic Alfalfa (17%P)
    2 part fish meal (60%P)

    1 part Kelp (15%P)
    .25 Oyster shell
    .125 DE
    .125 Azomite


    Notes:
    Twice daily mash: First 3 ingredients are mixed and sprouted.
    Last 8 ingredients are mixed and wetted for mash prior to mixing in with sprouts.
    (Peas and corn are ground)
    Proper ratio is as follows for daily serving..: 1 part sprouts to 1 part mash.

    I do grind all of the ingredients and offer 24x7 as a dry mash in feeders also.

    Oyster shells are offered free choice for laying hens

    Supplemented with ACV, Kombucha, Yogurt or water kefir for probiotic..

    Calculator numbers:
    Total P=697 divided by 35 parts is 19.91%P overall
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    ChickensAreSweet, I'm concerned that the amino acid balance in your mix may be off. Have you looked at the amino acid profiles for those ingredients, to see how much complete protein you end up with? You can have a protein percentage that looks good, but if the amino acid profile of the mix is off, you have a lot of wasted incomplete protein.
     
  5. nurturingnaturally

    nurturingnaturally Out Of The Brooder

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    organic Pumpkin seeds, raw, dehulled are in the 30% range (calculated from the bulk bin label at whole foods), and sunflower seeds, raw, dehulled are in the 25/26 range (but I've seen lots and lots of variation in my reading)

    ON, you have oats as 12%...can it vary? Like, I calculated it at the store to be 17.1 for rolled oats, and 17.9 for groats (for organic, human consumption quality). Also, you have wheat as 14%, but I calc'd it to be 12.7% for the hard red organic wheat berries. Am I not calculating correctly? What I am doing is taking the grams of protein and dividing it by the grams in a serving (as per the nutritional label) to get the protein percentage. Anyhow, if it can vary that much by company/circumstance, that makes it really hard to calculate so that you buy the right amount. (Thanks for all your help by the way!)
     
  6. nurturingnaturally

    nurturingnaturally Out Of The Brooder

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    double post [​IMG]

    Sorry
     
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  7. nurturingnaturally

    nurturingnaturally Out Of The Brooder

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    triple post, that takes skill, lol [​IMG]

    sorry
     
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  8. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a reason you're not sprouting your alfalfa? Alfalfa is more nutritious in it sprouted state than any other state.

    The reason I know this is because I've been sprouting alfalfa and other seeds and legumes for my parrots for years and years.

    I was just curious as to why you wouldn't sprout the alfalfa as well.

    Heck, your field peas can be sprouted as well!!

    Laurie
     
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  9. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My 12% is for whole oats not rolled or groats. I would assume those would be much higher.
    Your method of calc sounds reasonable to me.. Yes it seems the numbers vary by source by a couple percent.
    So far it seems adjustments to the recipe are needed frequently.. (Thats what make it fun....)

    ON

    Here is the thread were Chris 09 posted some good links on feedstuff nutritional data:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4977013#p4977013
     
  10. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am not sure about others, but I am generally using alfalfa pellets or meal, not seed ($$).. However for chicks I have sprouted alfalfa or clover... They sure do love it!

    I did sprout the peas at first. I found the birds did not like them and wasted too much, so now they get ground and put on the damp sprouts so the birds have to eat their peas!..

    ON
     

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