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The Great Big Homemade Chicken Feed Recipe Sharing Thread

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by HeritageGoose13, Jul 13, 2015.

  1. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    During the winter, is this all you feed or do they eat other things too?
     
  2. MysteriaSdrassa

    MysteriaSdrassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No,, as I stated this is my scratch mix recipe. My birds year round get fed a mash (either layer or grower depending on stage of bird) that is made from locally grown grains that are ground and mixed in our local feed mill without soy. A portion of this is fermented,, (i don't feed solely fermented or dry) and also fed year round.
    During the winter my birds also get some dried clover from the pasture, but I don't yet have the means to cut and dry enough for all winter (i have have to cut it and rake it up by hand). They also get fed fodder that I grow from my scratch mix. Is also starting up my own meal worm farm for treats.
     
  3. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see, thanks for sharing! I know some people (mostly real old folks) use the term "scratch" for regular poultry food so I thought I would ask and be sure!
     
  4. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More feed recipes:

    This is another one with the price built into it. If you follow the link, it says the price is actually higher than normal because the blogger purchases in small amounts. This recipe is meant to be organic and gmo-free. It is "about 17% protein", according to the author of the article.

    Quote: Anyone from Minnesota?

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    Note: There are 2 versions of this mix. To see it and other recipes:
    Source: http://www.birdfarm.bravepages.com/breederx.html

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    A Southern recipe:

    Quote: Corn: 50
    Wheat: 25
    Corn Meal: 28
    Middlings: 02
    Hominy: 10
    Meat Scrap: 7
    Clover: 10

    Source: http://www.birdfarm.bravepages.com/breederx.html

    Here is a chick starter recipe that is corn-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. It was developed by and for a person with allergies. The person also feeds a modified version to adult birds, check out the link.

    Quote: Some of these were a pain to type up as they needed to be re-worded and copy-paste doesn't work on all sites. I think it is good to have copies of these recipes in different places, since several times I followed a link for a recipe only to get a blank page, or worse, a bunch of advertisements and possibly computer viruses as well. Websites don't last forever. Old blogs are deleted and other websites are sold to new owners. If there is a recipe you like write it down and keep an extra copy.

    There are many more feed recipes at the birdfarm website above but they're mostly the same and geared towards commercial growers, so I didn't bother transferring them all here. If there is any there you like though, feel free to type it out here.

    I hope this was helpful to some of you. It took a ridiculous amount of time to get typed up! I try to find recipes that are simple and different from each other. Now we have recipes without corn, soy and gluten- are there any other allergens or ingredients someone is looking to avoid in a chicken feed? Let me know what you are looking for and I will try to find it. I think I will look for some gluten-free and oat-free recipes next since I know oats can be an allergen.
     
  5. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More recipes, broilers, starters, and growers, some soy-free and some not. Note, sometimes they are soy-free without having "soy-free" in the title so read each recipe carefully.

    If you're wondering what the difference between the Cornish Cross and Freedom Ranger Rations are, its protein content. 17.5% for the CX, and 15% for Freedom Rangers. Check out the links for all the following recipes if you are interested in protein content.

    Quote: Faba/Pea blend- 45 lbs
    Corn- 32 lbs
    Oats- 10 lbs
    Flax meal- 10 lbs
    Calcium carbonate #16 - 1 lb
    Poultry Pro Plus mineral supplement– 1.5 lbs
    Kelp- 0.5 lbs
    TOTAL= 100 lbs
    Source: http://www.whistlepighollow.com/2015/01/27/homemade-broiler-feed-recipes/

    Quote: Corn- 3 parts
    Faba beans- 1 part
    Hard red wheat – 2 parts
    Barley- 2 parts
    Kelp- 1/4th part
    Poultry Pro Mineral 1/10th part
    Source: http://www.whistlepighollow.com/2015/01/27/homemade-broiler-feed-recipes/

    The following feed recipes come from the same source so their names will be similar. These ones have massive amount of soybeans, so a big con to some people, but I thought I would include them anyway:

    Quote: Shelled corn 1015 lbs.
    Roasted soybeans 625 lbs.
    Oats 100 lbs.
    Alfalfa meal 100 lbs.
    60% fish meal 75 lbs.
    Aragonite (calcium) 25 lbs.
    Poultry Nutri-Balancer 60 lbs.
    Total: 2000 lbs.

    Source: http://www.fertrell.com/poultryration.htm

    Quote: Shelled corn 1215 lbs.
    Roasted soybeans 450 lbs.
    Oats 100 lbs.
    Alfalfa meal 100 lbs.
    60% fish meal 50 lbs.
    Aragonite (calcium) 25 lbs.
    Poultry Nutri-Balancer 60 lbs.
    Total: 2000 lbs.

    Source: http://www.fertrell.com/poultryration.htm

    Quote: Shelled corn 935 lbs.
    Roasted soybeans 630 lbs.
    Oats 100 lbs.
    Alfalfa meal 100 lbs.
    Aragonite (calcium) 175 lbs.
    Poultry Nutri-Balancer 60 lbs.
    Total: 2000 lbs.

    Source: http://www.fertrell.com/poultryration.htm

    I said in the original post that I was only going to include recipes that I knew people had been using successfully for a long period of time. I am going to make an exception here, because though I don't know about these next few recipes, they were formulated by a livestock nutritionist.

    Note: The following recipes come with this warning:

    "Here are a few that I have formulated for others who have requested NO Soy rations for chickens. I do not stand behind the quality of these rations. They merely fill in the squares required to raise broilers. NO guarantees as to how well your chickens grow and live. If you thought getting Roasted Soybeans was difficult wait till you try and fill this list." - Jeff Mattocks

    If anyone has tried these recipes, tell us how they work please!

    Now, here are the three recipes from Jeff Mattocks the livestock nutritionist.

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    Source: http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Soy-Alternatives.html

    Quote: Ingredient Amount
    Corn 600
    Winter Peas 500
    Sunflower Meal 350
    Wheat 250
    Crab Meal 100
    Fish Meal 75
    Vegetable Oil 50
    Poultry NB 60
    Calcium 15
    Total: 2000 lbs
    Source: http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Soy-Alternatives.html

    Quote:
    Source: http://www.themodernhomestead.us/article/Soy-Alternatives.html

    I know there are more people on BYC who mix their own feed! What recipes are you using?
     
  6. Sidhe13

    Sidhe13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been playing with the idea of making up my own poultry feed. After some investigation into different ingredients and their nutritional value I have come up with a recipe with 17.8% protein. Free feed grits and calcium will be provided and I will also look at adding some high-grade mineral salts to the mix. I am working on a free range garden area in the new enclosure and run we are building in the next couple months.

    Any comments or input are more than welcome! The kg/g is based on a standard Australian 20kg bag (roughly 44lb).

    Alfalfa Pellets: 10% 2kg
    Brewer's Yeast: 1.5% 300g
    Corn: 30% 6kg
    Flax Seeds: 4% 800g
    Kelp Meal: 0.5% 100g
    Lentils: 6% 1.2kg
    Mealworms: 10% 2kg
    Oats: 8% 1.6kg
    Wheat: 30% 6kg

    The crude fat is sitting at 7% which I understand is rather high. Most of that number comes from the mealworms and the flaxseeds. The flaxseeds provide Omega-3 oils but I am questioning whether they are necessary. They are beginning to seem like more trouble than they are worth.
    If I remove the flaxseed and replace the extra 4% with lentils, I end up with 5.5% fat and 17.7% protein.
     
  7. tobystevensonjr

    tobystevensonjr Out Of The Brooder

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    Not to offend anyone, but you all are trying to reinvent the wheel. If you can, the best thing to feed chickens are the locally grown grains. I am lucky and can go to the elevator, where local farmers sell their crops, they can make me any combination of feed. Most elevators have formulas for feed. I use all local grains for my feed. I just may be lucky to live in Illinois where this is possible.
     
  8. Torch404

    Torch404 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And you would use one of these recipes to decide what to have the grain mill mix up right?
     
  9. tobystevensonjr

    tobystevensonjr Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my own
    21% protein 100 lbs mix
    30 lbs corn
    12 lbs wheat
    12 lbs oats
    12 lbs Milo
    30 lbs soy meal
    1/2 lb salt
    1 1/2 lbs calcium
    2 lbs bone meal
     
  10. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you explain what this "trouble" is? Do they spoil, do the chickens not eat them, or something else? Are you worried about the fat level?

    Thanks for sharing. Is this a layer feed?
     

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