Save some money on store-bought chicken feed!
If you keep chickens, and you want to give them the healthiest feed while saving money, making it yourself is a good option. You know exactly what goes into the feed, and you are able to use only organic, GMO-free ingredients.
The specific ingredients that you use in your chicken feed are ultimately up to you, but you need to make sure your chickens are getting enough protein (about 15 percent of their diet) and minerals like calcium and phosphorous.
Here is a good, simple recipe for chicken feed which provides all their essential nutrients:
- 12 cups oats
- 8 cups soft white wheat
- 8 cups hard red wheat
- 6 cups corn
- 4 cups lentils
- 4 cups split peas
- 2 cups flax seed
- 1 cup sesame seeds
- 3/4 cup kelp granules
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
The lentils in the recipe are high in protein--about 50 grams per cup. Oats and wheat also have a good amount of protein, with about 30 grams per cup. The kelp granules in this recipe are an easy way to provide vital minerals, and the olive oil or coconut oil helps the kelp granules stick to the other grains, to make sure the chickens eat them.
The hardest part of making your chicken feed is acquiring the ingredients. You don't want to buy these from a supermarket, because you will end up spending a lot more money. Either ask the feed store about ordering grains in bulk, or look online to see if you can order bulk grains for low prices. Amazon is a good option for online ordering.
Once you have all your ingredients, all you need to do is mix everything together. There is no need to grind it, because chickens are accustomed to eating whole plant foods in the wild.
Make sure you store your chicken feed in a tightly sealed container, so that no pests get in and start eating it.
What do you feed your chickens? Tell us in the comments below!
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