Thoughts on this feed combo?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by seventreesfarm, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. seventreesfarm

    seventreesfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking about supplementing my flock's pelleted feed with a cooked mash of beans (yes, cooked enough to neutralize the bad enzyme), whole wheat and corn, and dried nettles.

    I grow all of these things so I know they are fresh and organic.
    I am looking to boost nutrition in my breeding flock before I start pulling eggs for hatching, so heavier on the protein. Maybe just adding the grains in to make it interesting.

    I've looked at the feed calculating page on Lionsgrip, but not really sure how to figure protein percentages for a cooked mash.
     
  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    What sort of beans? That would be necessary to know before anyone could offer an estimate.

    The nettle will do wonders, it's one of the very topmost tier of highly nutritional land plants. You might want to keep an eye on them for symptoms of over-nutrition if you're feeding a "nutritionally complete" food as well as nettle. Depending of course on how much nettle you give them.

    Best wishes.
     
  3. seventreesfarm

    seventreesfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pinto and kidney beans. And probably enough nettle to make green bits in a mash, like parsley in a soup. Just crumbled into the wet mash. I've had good luck feeding cooked beans as a 'treat', maybe 1 cup for 12-15 hens. It seemed to help keep laying up in winter. I'd like to see if I can keep the nutrition up with a mix, and maybe pull back some on the pellets. They also free range on 1/2 acre, but they don't go out much when the weather sucks.
     

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