Monday, June 24, 2013
MAKING SOME CHANGES IN MY CHICKEN AND EGG MANAGEMENT
Formula # 1: 1 50# bag Oat Groats
1 25# bag Black Oil Sunflower
1 50# bag winter weat
1 50# bag of millet
1 25# Calcium (agricultural)
1 5# Brewers yeast
This mix gives the chickens about 14- 16% protein, at about .52 cents a pound. Still twice the cost of regular scratch grains, but I think it is possible to get the cost down buying in bulk. The other thing necessary is minerals. Chickens like all the other farm animals and us humans have specific mineral needs. Unlike us humans though (who sill choose taste over nutritional value) the chickens will consume the minerals they need if given a choice, and not minerals they don't need. So rigging up some free choice mineral boxes in each port-a-pen will be a healthy choice.
Check back later for pictures of our experiment and how it is going.