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Homemade Chicken Feed

Homemade Chicken Feed

Homemade Chicken Feed

Homemade chicken feed is increasingly gaining popularity. Due to the reports that certain plant products are causing diseases, chicken owners are not confident whether to trust the commercially prepared chicken feed. If you are one of those who are not yet convinced by the homemade chicken feed idea, here are some advantages.

Benefits of Homemade Chicken feed

There are a myriad of benefits that farmers get when they opt for homemade chicken feed. Making your own chicken feed mixes can result in reduced costs, increased chicken health, and can be tailored to your chickens needs.

Chicken Health

One of the benefits is that one has total control of the ingredients of the chicken feed, and therefore knows the quality of the resulting product. For example, if there is a family member with an allergy, say to soy, then a person feeds their laying hens and meat chickens with a soy free chicken feed. The nutritional content of the chicken feed is maintained at an optimum level. Often times, commercial chicken feed uses substitutes. Some of these substitutes, especially corn substitutes, may contain genetically modified products, or they may contain pesticide residue. Homemade chicken feed is easy to monitor, and one can use organic ingredients according to the nutritional requirements of the chickens. You can ensure that all the nutrients are available, especially the protein content in the diet to maintain optimal chicken health.

Custom Organic Chicken Feeds

Organic chicken feed aids in optimum growth and health of your chickens. Most commercial chicken feeds are inorganic, and they may contain toxic additives and preservatives such as arsenic. Arsenic is usually added to chicken feed to help prevent intestinal problems. However, this substance makes the chicken’s guts weak, rendering them incapable of absorbing the required nutrients. Organic chicken feed, on the other hand, is laden with nutrients, which are easily absorbed in the chicken’s body, making it healthier.
Chickens that are on an exclusive organic diet are noticeably healthy. They also produce high quality eggs, which are known for their great taste, as well as nutritional content. The eggs are also free of chemicals and hormones.

Chicken Feed Prices

Feed prices are continually rising and custom feed mixes are particularly expensive. By mixing your own chicken feed and buying ingredients in bulk, you can easily decrease the feed costs for your chickens. Anytime you cut out the processing, shipping, and retailer profits you will save money. You will however, be saving money at the cost of your time. If you have the time, it is well worth it. Focus on buying in bulk to get the best savings possible from your homemade chicken feeds.

Custom Chicken Feed Mixes

Making your own chicken feed also gives you the option to create feed mixes based on your own individual needs and the nutritional needs of your chickens. You can create chicken feed mixes suited to the needs of your meat chickens, laying hens, or free range chickens.

How to Make Chicken Feed

Here a few guidelines for some basic mixes. Be sure to research the best ingredients for your situation.

Chicken feed should contain 60 to 70 % grains, and up to 25% proteins. The rest of the amount should be fats, vitamins and essential minerals. This is the general guideline for a homemade chicken feed recipe.

Chicken feed recipes differ depending on the preferences of the farmer. However, to make your own chicken feed, ensure that you have access to some of the following ingredients:
For carbohydrates, you can use organic grains such as corn, barley, wheat, oats, and quinoa. For the proteins, you can use dried worms, dried milk, ground oyster shell, organic soybean, fish meal, and cod liver oil. Chicken also require grit to aid in digestion, and calcium for egg production.

Final Thoughts

Obviously there are thousands of ingredients that can be used and an infinite number of different mixes to be created. Too many to cover here, however making your own chicken feed mixes in an awesome way to save on feed costs, ensure healthy chickens, and create custom mixes that provide all your chickens need.

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