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Garden Anyone Make Their Own Chicken Feed?

Hi everyone:

I'm thinking of getting a few chickens. I want to do all of my research first before I go out and get them.

I was doing reading on the types of chicken feed and want to avoid soy and corn (gmo) chicken feed. There are a couple of organic feed companies that I've found, but they are expensive in comparison.

I got the idea of researching costs of making my own feed, and what to actually put in the feed, ration wise. I was thinking at one point, feed wasn't as mainstream as it is now, so people must have been making their own.

Has anyone made their own feed? Any suggestions?

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My DH and I have 8 hens and 1 rooster for a year now. They are happy and healthy and totally spoiled rotten. I supplement with grain from the feed store. They are fed whatever food products that I get for free. At Christmas, cream cheese was free......they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cream cheese. I open it up, remove from wrapper, and throw it in the run. Cereals, canned beans, frozen burritos (LOVE these), etc. I soak the cereal in either milk, coffee creamers, or yogurt as mine prefer softer items. I have it worked out with a local restaurant to get the buffet throwaways whenever I need them. If my egg shells start to crack easily, I just give them more calcium in thier diet.

Happy, healthy, and pretty hens give me lots of eggs.
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My DH and I have 8 hens and 1 rooster for a year now. They are happy and healthy and totally spoiled rotten. I supplement with grain from the feed store. They are fed whatever food products that I get for free. At Christmas, cream cheese was free......they LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cream cheese. I open it up, remove from wrapper, and throw it in the run. Cereals, canned beans, frozen burritos (LOVE these), etc. I soak the cereal in either milk, coffee creamers, or yogurt as mine prefer softer items. I have it worked out with a local restaurant to get the buffet throwaways whenever I need them. If my egg shells start to crack easily, I just give them more calcium in thier diet.

Happy, healthy, and pretty hens give me lots of eggs.
Thanks for responding!

I was thinking about greens, veggies, alfalfa, and cooked quinoa. When I get the corn growing in my garden, that too.

I had no idea chickens eat cream cheese! Well, I've heard that they'll eat anything, but it's still surprising.

Do you raise mealworms for them? I was reading about that too.
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We have about 25 chickens right now. They free range around our property during the day and they roost in an enclosed pen at night. We have commercial feed for them to eat, but they rarely eat it. When we lock them up at night, they get a snack of the grains we have for them but don't even look at the feed. They get their nutrients eating bugs and worms and vegetable scraps we put out for them. We throw away much much more of the feed we buy than they eat. We change it when it gets wet or old or pooped in. Do some research on nutrition. They don't have to have a commercial feed to be healthy.
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All our kitchen scraps, plus our hens free range so my backyard never needs mowing and we are bug and weed free....in the winter and less in the summer we use a basic egg layer pellet...


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I have a few chickens and they roam around wherever they want and eat grass/bugs/crickets and are very happy. Lol. My dad buys some food for them to put in the pen but they don't really need it. Sometimes they will eat a little but they're happier just roaming around and crowing at all the wrong times instead of the right times. Lol.
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We have six hens. They also prefer other foods & eat only commercial food to supplement. They free range when we are outside. They can't free range all the time because we live on the side of a mountain & the hawks are really bad up here. When they can't go outside, I make free range conditions in their pen by putting down grit (small rocks), our grass clippings, leftover food scraps (fruits, veggies, plain breads & plain pastas). They also LOVE scrambled eggs & oatmeal. I crush our eggs shells when we use them & feed them back to them in the grit. They love to be out in the rain when the bugs & worms come to the surface. I buy our feed & our scratch (corn & grains) from the local feed store.
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I grow fodder for feed in the winter. There is a post on my chicken blog.

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Fodder...we are going to move this way too


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