How to Make Your Own DIY Healthy Homemade Chicken Feed
You wanted to find a way to give your chickens a healthier diet, because what they're going to produce for you is food for yourself. So if you're giving them food that is not good.
Chicken Feed – Is Your Chicken Feed Really Real Food?
You wanted to find a way to give your chickens a healthier diet, because what they're going to produce for you is food for yourself. So if you're giving them food that is not good, your eggs probably aren't going to be as good either. So you're looking for something that looks more like this real food, that you know what it is, and you know exactly what your chickens will be eating. Yeah, I don't really need to go into detail. If you're here at this video, there's a reason you're here just like I was, so I don't really want to waste your time and talk too much about everything else. I want to get right into what food we'reputting into our chicken feed. What's the benefits of each one individually, how much we're putting into, and then how to break that protein percentage that everyone worries about, and i'm going to give you real reasons of why?. Maybe not to stress too much about that number. But let's get into the chicken food. Now I may have my daughter coming out to help. She's very excited about helping with this chicken food.
The First Ingredient I'm Going to Use
So I have a 30 gallon tote that I'm going to be storing it all and mixing it all in. So the very first ingredient I'm going do, I'm going to try to do it by the amount of quantity to the least amount of quantity. First one here is whole oils.
This is a big 50-pound bag that maybe it's $40 pounds. I think it's a $40-pound bag. This is a $40-pound bag and you can find these at any of your local farm stores.
Oils Are a Good Choice For Your Feed
Oils will supplement a fair amount of protein along with energy, nutrients, and they do also provide antioxidants, and you can get a big bag of these oils for only like 13 dollars range. So, if you're doing this on a price budget, eggs are definitely a good one to have into your feed, and, of course, with any of these ingredients that I'm going to be saying after this, if you ever want to go for the organic or non-gmo versions of any of these, you're always welcome to. I would suggest that's a good idea. But right now, with our budget, we had to play around with what we could use. So we'll start with 30 pounds in here all right next up, uh, we're going to have whole corn. uh, this is probably going be the most controversial one on this list, compare to all the rest of them. But corn, uh, especially the whole corn in the winter. For a state like us here in Michigan, where it gets this cold, corn is a great source of energy. You can see my dogs, they love playing with the chickens. corn is a great source of energy for the chickens during the winter time to keep their body nice and warm. So corn is something we're going into our diet. But there is a lot of corn free and soy free diets out there for you to choose from. once again, this is a very good. like this is a $40-pound bag. I think I got for $9 dollars at our farm store. So we're going to add about 20 pounds of corn. So I'll do about half the bag.
Chicken Feed Mix – Flax Seeds Are a Great Protein Source
I'm going to be mixing it as i pour so that it's not so hard to mix at the end. For the third ingredient, this will be another 20 pounds of this one, but people call this boss. It is black oil, sunflower seed. So, boss, and this is a lot of in bird feeds. So if you are going to a farm store and you are looking for where to find this, go to the birds section and that's where you're going to find it. chickens are birds, so don't be weird about that. That obviously makes a lot sense. The benefits to putting sunflower seeds into your chicken's diet is that this is a great protein source. I know that a lot of them above their lane age. So around 16–18 weeks, which our chickens are at.
You want to have a minimum of about 16', and that's the minimum, so you can always go over that. You don't want to make it like 30% or 40% because that'd be excessive. This will be a good protein source for them. It makes their feathers shinier and it also makes their feathers water resistant, along with. Many people say that this is one of the big items in a diet that produces their egg production to go higher. So, if you want to get more eggs from your hens, and make sure you have this one in your diet. So we're going about. This is a 25-pound bag, so I need to do 20 pounds, so I'll just save a little bit, or maybe I'll just put the whole thing in. I mean it's not really worth probably keeping just a little bit for right now. The next ingredient we're going in there is split peas. Split peas are going to be one of the other ones that are higher for your protein content for your chickens.
So if that's a number that you're really worried about, legumes, and seeds, those sorts of things are the things that you're going to want to add into your diet for your chickens, and that is one of the main things for them. obviously peas, just like any other vegetable that you're going to feed them–great nutrients, minerals and vitamins inside them for them. So what I'm going to do now is we're going to add our $10 pounds of peas, and that's all I really got to say about these ones. So I'm going to have my helper help. Thanks daddy, you mix them around for me. and, uh, the last ingredient for our chicken feed that we are making will be flax seeds. flax seeds, like if they were going to be consumed by us very high, and the omega-3fatty acids, and what that's going to do for your chickens? It's going to make their feathers stronger. It's going to help the appearance of their feathers. This is another one of the items that is going to improve your aglam production for your hens, because these are high omega-3fatty acids. That's also going to help the eggs that you're getting from your have a high omega-3 into their eggs. So remember, you are what you eat, and flax seeds are actually one of the top protein sources that you can have inside your chicken feed. That's why i only have about five pounds of it, for this mix is because you don't need it to be overly consumed for your chicken so that their protein isn't through the roof. I don't know if it's from the omega for it, but people also say that flax seeds are what make your eggs even taste better from your hen. So this was something definitely that I wanted to put in our mix. It's a little more expensive, but if you buy it in bulk, you can get it a tad cheaper. But this is one that's really going to make it worth that. It made it seem.
Chicken Feed – How Does It Look?
So let's dump this one into our mix, and this is how your feed will look now instead of like how the commercial feed looks. So now you know exactly what you're feeding your chickens. It's all real stuff, and it looks so much better than that stuff that you're going to buy at the store for your chickens, and it'sgonna be healthier, and it'sgonna make your egg production go up and your eggs taste even better. So this is everything I have for my chicken feed. I'm going break down the protein percentages and how, if you want to manipulate it yourself, how would you make your own chicken food and how to know these protein percentages so that you can hit that minimum of 16. The first thing I'll show you guys is the protein contents of different options that you can have for your chicken feed.
Flax Seed, Sesame Seeds, Black Oil, Sesame Seeds, Sesame Seeds
As you can see, flax seed is the highest at 37. then it has brewery yeast. You see black oil, sunflower seeds, which is two of the top things that we use right there, the number one and the number three. Now we have sesame seeds, and i'm not really i'm not going this whole whole list, but you can see this list right now, and i maybe will put it down in the description below so that anyone making their own chicken feed. You would have this list at your disposal, so I'll probably put it in the description below for you guys here so that you can have it for yourself. And now we'll get a breakdown of the one that I did, if you're trying to calculate it out for yourselves right here. First thing, 30 pounds, whole oats.
So I Did The 30 Times What The Proportion Was Of The Protein And Then You Get 0.4.5
So I did the 30 times what the percentage was of the protein, which was 15. So I did it times 0.15 and then you get 0.4.5 and then you just did so on.
Chicken Feeding Tips – Split Peas
So 20 pounds of corn ended up being $1. $20 pounds of black olive oil- sunflower seeds is going to be $5.8 black seed $5 pounds. And then I actually only did five pounds of split peas at first, and then I did five pounds of lentils, and after looking into lentils and going over and over again what I was going to do, it looked like dried lentils are not a good idea for your chickens. So and scratch that and i ended up just doing 10 pounds of split peas.
What's Your Minimum Protein Level?
So if you did 10 times the 0.25 i would get 2.5. So my minimum right here of protein turned out to be 16.45. Who's good boy, you? Good boy, you watching those chickens, huh? You watching the chickens? All right, protect them. So this comes to 16.45, which will get you over that 16 minimum if that's what you're looking to do. But now here's my Spiel for anyone who is strict on that. 16). Yes, you still want your main feed to be at 16 if you can.
But if you're feeding them mealworms, if they are free-ranging, getting bugs, insects, andworms, possible mice, or chickens sometimes will eat mice and bits from your guys kitchen vegetables, fruits, any kind of protein sources that you guys have that were scraps, then they are getting extra protein. That way too. So there's always supplements and treats that you're feeding them as well. So if it's really close to that, 16 or just over like mine is, and you're worried about that, don't be as long if you are still feeding them kitchen scraps, and they get to free range, or you're feeding them mealworms as extra supplements. That's all extra protein for them. So don't stress so much about that. 16–The last thing that I will do to this feed. I did not mention it, but I'm just going to sprinkle some de into it, so that will help also with digestion. So we're just helping with getting all the bad stuff out of their body. So it is the last ingredient.
Chicken Feed Recipe – Oyster Shells and Grit
It's not a major component, but it is something that you should be putting into your chicken feed from, make sure you get the food grade one. It's in all the farm stores. Another thing that I think is important–uh, it's not part of the chicken feed, but another important part of your chicken's diet that you should have is you're going to want oyster shells and grit, something they should always have, and it should just be free choice for them. grit is something that will be good for the chicken gizzards, along with being able to break down their food, so that is something that is important for their diet. obviously you want the food that they're eating, that they're able to break it down and digest it better. and also oyster shells are something that's going to provide extra calcium, and it's going to make the shells of the eggs that they lay very tough, and it won't be so flimsy and break so easily. And there you have it if you're looking to make your own chicken. A thing about this recipe, just so that there's the people out there, I know that like to do this. All these items can be fermented, so if you want to soak them for 24 hours or so beforehand and feed it to your chickens, obviously there is a lot of people who like to do that for their chicken feed, and understand it makes extra food because it's going to grow and expand, and it also helps the nutrients and the value of a lot of those food items. That is something we'll be doing for our chicken feed.
Chicken Food and the Protein Calculations
So it is an option out there for the recipe that we made today, just so you guys know. So once again, guys, thanks again for everybody who's clicked this video and was able to watch it. If this chicken food and the protein calculations or any of that really helped you guys and you enjoyed the video, please don't be afraid to subscribe to us. We do a lot of other videos about chickens that you guys might enjoy, along with our big-great pyrenees that you guys saw earlier. uh, you guys seem to like videos about him. We'll still make sure that we're doing videos about the big boy. But yeah, thanks again really. And if there's any reason, uh, comment below now that if there's anything that you do different with your chicken food, anything that you feel like i'm doing wrong with my recipe, i love hearing back from everyone, and whenever you guys comment on our videos, we really do enjoy being able to communicate and talk with you guys, so we really appreciate that. But it is cold out and now i have about uh (80-90 pounds of food) that i need to bring to the back shed. I'll see you guys in the next vlog and have fun making your own chicken food.
Tom is back with a new recipe for healthy chicken food. He explains how to make the food that will feed your chickens. He also explains how you can get the most protein from the least amount of food. Tom will be mixing the food in a 30 gallon tote and mixing it all in. He will also show you how to get the best quality of the food. The recipe is based on a blend of whole oils, chicken meat and chicken fat. The food is made with a blend that includes chicken meat, as well as chicken fat and chicken milk. The chicken food is then mixed with chicken milk and chicken feed.
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