Post your homemixed feed recipes!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ChickensAreSweet, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Post your homemixed feed recipes!

    Here's mine (the latest version anyways):

    30 lb recipe:

    3 lb alfalfa meal
    5 lb rolled oats
    2 lb organic cracked corn
    4 lb millet
    6 lb white wheat
    2 lb black oil sunflower seeds
    2 lb pumpkin seeds
    2 lb unsalted peanuts
    2 lb split peas
    1 lb Nyjer thistle seeds
    1 lb flax seeds
    1/4 lb sea salt
    1/4 lb kelp meal

    I think this is about 16% protein.
     
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  2. fancyflea

    fancyflea In the Brooder

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    How much does this end up costing you?
     
  3. sydney13

    sydney13 Songster

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    50 lb. of purina scratch grains (includes oats, wheat, corn, and rye)
    25 boss
    5 lb. alfalfa meal
    4 lb. bone meal
    5 lb fish meal
    2 lb. kelp
    2 lb. de
    2lb. grit
    2 lb. oyster shells
    theirs a few other ingredients but i have them written down somewhere else [​IMG]
    mine cost 50 cents a pound
     
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  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I just figured this out- $.55 per lb.

    But my chickens don't eat all that much. About 3 horse scoops a day for 83 chickens because they range in a large garden, sometimes free ranging outside the garden (they stay in voluntarily basically).

    I also have bought some organic layer pellets for $.44 per lb. that I have been cutting the whole grain feed with to lower the cost.

    I love my system because they get some real grains, no GMO soy or corn (organic corn and soy), and I LOVE to feed them Real Food.

    [​IMG]
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Neat recipe!

    Today I started mixing in some grit and oyster shell into the food too (since their little pans always seem to turn over).
     
  6. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

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    I feed layer pellets in the morning and scratch at night. Usually offer Oyster shell free choice but it gets knocked over. I have a big bag of grit. And Boss. Should I just start mixing it all up?
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:I just started mixing my grit and oyster shell up today in with the feed. I figure it's less work than fixing the oyster shell bowl (because it got tipped over and the contents dumped out) almost every day, making extra trips to the garage to fill it. I guess whatever works for you! [​IMG]

    As far as protein goes, mixing scratch (about 10% protein usually) in with your layer feed (usually 16% protein) cuts the protein some...so you might want to leave yourself the option of adjusting the recipe. If you mix it all up and their laying goes down, you can't get the scratch back out of the mix.

    BOSS is supposed to be about 16% protein, which is just right for layers. (Scratch is a treat.) I hope this helps.
     
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  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    For adult breeders I feed - (Around 18% Protein.)

    38 lbs - Kent High Flyer 28 (a 28% protein game bird feed)
    25 lbs - Pigeon Feed (a all grain mix)
    20 lbs - Black Oil Sunflower Seed
    12 lbs - Oats
    5 lbs - Calf Manna

    Pigeon Feed Contains: Canada Peas, Red Milo, White Kafir, Maple Peas, Oat Groats, Austrian Peas, Whole Wheat, Safflower Seed, White Millet, Red Millet, Canary Seed, Vetch, Buckwheat, Rice.

    I also offer oats that are soaked over night in Apple Juice then mixed in there feed mix.

    Chris
     
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  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Looks yummy! Is calf manna milk replacer for calves?
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:Looks yummy! Is calf manna milk replacer for calves?

    No, it a Livestock Supplement much like Animax or Show Bloom.

    http://www.mannapro.com/products/calf-manna/

    Guaranteed Analysis:
    Crude Protein - Min - 25.0%.
    Lysine - Min - 1.4%.
    Methionine - Min - 0.3%.
    Crude Fat - Min - 3.0%.
    Crude Fiber - Min - 3.0%.
    Crude Fiber - Max. - 6.0%.
    Acid Detergent Fiber - Max - 10.0%.
    Calcium - Min - 0.7%.
    Calcium - Max - 1.2%.
    Phosphorus - Min - 0.6%.
    Salt - Min - 0.5%.
    Salt Max - 1.0%.
    Sodium - Min - 0.2%.
    Sodium - Max - 0.4%.
    Copper - Min - 15 Ppm.
    Copper - Max - 35 Ppm.
    Selenium - Min - 0.1 Ppm.
    Zinc - Min - 125 Ppm.
    Vitamin A - Min - 20,000 Iu/Lb

    Chris
     
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