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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by pw_quiltworks, Oct 25, 2010.
I have been buying layna for 13.49 for 50 lbs.
That's pretty much what Layena costs around here.
I don't give my flock laying feed, because I have so many different ages of chickens. I feed grower/finisher feed and keep crushed oyster shell out for them free choice. The laying pullets and hens (and duck) that needs it will take it as necessary.
And last 50# bag cost me $14.25. Maybe $14.45.
I really wish I knew of a cheaper way to feed them. They eat like pigs not chickens. I let them out and they still eat a lot of feed. I only have 10 chickens. I love having them around but the cost....I do sell some of the eggs but only about a dozen a week. They eat a lot more than what I make. Course two are roos and 4 are pullets. I only have 4 hens at the moment. Maybe when the 4 pullets start laying in 3 months it will be a little better.
I am paying .44 per pound for a custom mixed organic starter from S&S Grains in Arcadia, WI. Seems reasonable to me given what my other options are. The layer is .41 per pound.
I have to get a few different types of feed each month.
Layena crumbles....8.90-9.50/ 50 lb bag
Sarter 11.00/ 50 lb bag
poultry finisher 12.00 / 50 lb bag
and usually a 50 lb bag of scratcg grain for 8.95
I'm at 55 cents a pound for homemixed feed, cut with organic layer pellets at 44 cents a pound for the layers. My chickens eat about 3 horse scoops a day (83 chickens).
i make my own feed which cost 50 cents per pound. i want to start growing some sunflowers so i can use the seeds which will make the cost more like 40 cents per pound
Right now I'm mixing my own transitional organic whole grain at about .32/lb. This is just a fraction higher than my local soy free layer mash.
I buy Nutrena layer pellets from the feed store for $11.25 for 50 lbs. that ends up being about 22.5 cents a pound. And it just went up from $10.50. I also buy scratch grains for about $8.95 and BOSS $16.50 (Both in 50lb sacks)
I am giving them mostly corn, wheat and bran. They are sold at roughly the same price. I pay ~ 12 cent per pound. I buy them in sacks of 110lb. I also gave in a few occasions pre-made food which costs ~16 cent per pound made out of soya, corn and wheat. I think wheat based food is better since its higher in nutrition. What do you think?