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Opinion on this mix of feed? ***Updated after three months***

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 1littlefarmer, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I just found a relatively local farmer that grows and mixes grain for animal feed. At $8.50 for 50 pounds it definitely has an appeal especially since Layena has gone up to $16 for 50 lbs. I should add that my chickens also free range all day and that I have no idea what the "Poultry MiniPack" is other than I assume it's some type of vitamin/nutrient additive.

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    So what do you all think?

    They also have oats, wheat, and rye that I could have added in.
     
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  2. kittykittykitty

    kittykittykitty Luvin My Chickies

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    That looks similar to what I feed my hens.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Mini Pak is indeed the vitamin/mineral package.

    Great price for 50#. Give it a whirl. If that particular blend doesn't perform, try another. I know I would.
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Try it and see if your chickens like it.
     
  5. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all of your responses! I think I'll give it a shot.
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Keep us posted on how they like it.
     
  7. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's feed which should be better than nothing. It is hard to tell the quality from that "tag". Try it, at $340 per ton there can't be much extra in it.
     
  8. 1littlefarmer

    1littlefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it turns out they like it very much. They've been getting it for almost three months and the egg laying has been good and they all seem as healthy as they did before if not even a little better. Their egg shells have been harder, too but they've also been going through more oyster shell.

    I'm definitely going to stick with this. It's cheaper, local, the chickens love it and I can actually name and recognize all the food that's in it. That's pretty cool.
     
  9. looks good except I would have added some flax to it and an animal protein (fish meal) to replace some of the soybean meal.

    My reasoning is to up the omega 3 and give them a more complete protein profile with the fish meal. Im not a big believer in 100% vegetarian mixes.
    I know they will get some bugs free ranging, but it is hit and miss.
     

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