Will this feed recipe work for my chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by VedTheAmeteur, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. VedTheAmeteur

    VedTheAmeteur Hatching

    Jul 4, 2016
    I'm getting chickens in August from Meyer hatchery so I made a feed recipe.

    30% Wheat Berries
    5% Corn
    2.5% Oyster shells
    5.5% Spice Mix, added after fermentation
    20% Scratch and Peck Naturally Free Layer Feed
    5% Bugs, added after fermentation
    2.5% Fish Oil, added after fermentation
    2.5% Kale
    10% Chopped Basil
    2% Food Grade DE, added after fermentation
    15% Oat Groats

    The feed will hopefully be Organic and fermented, also, spice mix is cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and kelp, all crushed finely. Will this recipe work? If not, how can I improve/fix it?

  2. ChickenJerk

    ChickenJerk Songster

    Jan 6, 2012
    Amateur is the operative word here. My suggestion would be to let the pros with degrees in nutrition and years of experience help you out of the amateur stage. Feed your birds a good commercial ration according to directions forget the fermenting and organic nonsense and let them have access to green feed. Do this at least a year before you take up with all the fads you seem to have been sucked into.
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  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    You can't fix that recipe! Listen to CJ and buy a good balanced chick feed so your new babies can survive and grow. Mary
  4. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Songster

    Feb 16, 2016
    Feed the Scratch and Peck exclusively to your birds when they arrive, the formula suitable for their age range. IF after some time (and much more research on the SCIENCE of feeding chickens, not holistic hearsay) you still wanted to experiment with making your own feed I would prepare a very small amount and serve it as a treat. Not sure what the high percentage of spices are about as chickens have very few taste buds and are driven mostly by texture. And your homemade recipe doesn't have nearly enough protein in it.
    The only fish oil you should every consider feeding is cod liver oil, and then sparingly as vitamin a toxicity can happen easily.

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    I do make my own feed but I supplement equally with commercial feed, and I did my homework on what chickens require nutritionally to not just survive, but thrive.
  5. VedTheAmeteur

    VedTheAmeteur Hatching

    Jul 4, 2016
    I'm feeding the chicks commercial feed, and I heard Scratch and Peck was a good feed and people say it's intended to be fermented, so I pretty much have no choice, also organic eggs are supposed to be healthier and I'm consuming the eggs, combined with me being unable to find other good organic feeds, I'm kind of forced to ferment Scratch and Peck.
  6. VedTheAmeteur

    VedTheAmeteur Hatching

    Jul 4, 2016
    I read on the Fresh Eggs Daily blog that black pepper helps absorption of nutrients, is a antioxidant, is antibacterial, is an anti inflammatory, and helps their respiratory system. I thought I read something about cayenne, but it turned out I confused cayenne with black pepper, so that shouldn't be in the actual feed, ginger is gonna be in tiny amounts of the spice feed, and will supposedly produce larger eggs higher in antioxidants and boost egg laying production of chickens, and finally, kelp has tons of minerals.
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    There's lots of fantasy 'information' on the web, and birds need a balanced base diet above all. Mary

  8. Stephine

    Stephine Songster

    May 30, 2016
    No you're not. Scratch and Peck does bot beed to be fermented and they don't say it should be. What you do need to do is find a way for them to eat the powdery stuff that is left once they picked out all the bigger pieces. You can mix it with a bit if water, milk, yoghurt, whatever and feed it to them in a dish. When they are done with that, refill your feeder.

    In that reapect I like my homemade feed better... I get the powdery things to stick to the grains with a bit of added molasses and peanut butter. My chicks don't leave those behind!
  9. VedTheAmeteur

    VedTheAmeteur Hatching

    Jul 4, 2016
    Can I get the recipe? Please?
  10. Kimberly4403

    Kimberly4403 Chirping

    May 18, 2015
    With help from people on this forum we created this recipe.. I ferment mine cod liver oil included and when serving i add boiled egg or sardines for extra protein..
    7 cups oats
    5 cups wheat
    3 cups split red lentils
    1 cup sunflower seeds/BOSS
    1 cup flax seed
    1 cup sesame seed
    1 cup pumpkin seeds/pepitas
    3tbs black strap molasses
    1/2 cup kelp
    1/2 cup nutritional yeast
    1tbs dried oregano
    1tbs cayenne pepper
    1/4 tsp pink rock

    My chicks have had this since i got them at 1 week old they are now 4-5weeks and griwing like weeds feathering out nicely

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