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Where to get bulk/quantities of food?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by DPGDirk, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. DPGDirk

    DPGDirk New Egg

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    We are brand new to chickens. Looking to cut feeding costs.

    Currently have 7 Barred rock hens, 16 guineas and 26 Black Australorp chicks coming along.

    The adult birds free range during the day, but will be cooped up more during the coming winter.

    Any good sources to buy bulk quantities of feed? Is it any cheaper to make your own?
    Currently just buying bags of food at the local Atwoods and supplementing a bit with garden and fruit scraps.

    Any help is appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We always use our Local feed store, we get 50 lb bags for 20 dollars or something similar, I wouldnt know about making your own feed though, Best of Luck!
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Look online or (gasp) in the phone book for a local feed mill. If you have a local feed store, ask them. We found our local Grange has a mill just about 30 miles away. Instead of paying $15 for 50lbs of feed at the store, we buy it in bulk down at the mill and it comes to around $10 for 50lbs. They had great savings on our hog feed, also.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 - a feed mill is an excellent resource. You can also often get quantity breaks if you ask about them, buy by the pallet, etc.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Buying in bulk makes sense if you have good storage available, and use the feed up in a couple of months. once it's milled, the vitamins start to degrade, so more than two or three months is too long to keep it. Mary
     
  6. DPGDirk

    DPGDirk New Egg

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    Great info.

    Looking into feed, it seems there are multiple formulations for different ages and whether for laying hens, meat birds, etc.

    I'm using chick starter for the babies and an all flock pellet for everything else. Is that OK?

    How old before we shift the chicks to standard feed?

    Thanks!
     
  7. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just be warned that Bulk in the feed industry usually refers to multiple ton quanities that are delivered to the farm and stored in bulk bins. Your local feed mill might work with you on smaller quantities and consider it bulk.
     
  8. donrae

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    I use our local mill's all-in-one, similar to all flock, for everyone. Babies, layers, roosters, growing cockerels, it's what they all eat. Oyster shell for the ladies when they're laying so they can eat what they want.
     

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