Garden Betty's Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed

Garden Betty's Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed recipe is probably one of my favorites out of all of the different recipes and how-to's that I've bookmarked over the last year.

 Formulating Your Own Chicken FeedHomemade Chicken Feed. Organic and soy-free!, and Recipes for homemade layer chicken feeds are some of the other methods that I've found helpful/useful. But if I was going to pick just one method - Garden Betty would win the contest.  - Stephanie


Garden Betty's Whole Grain 
Chicken Feed Recipe

Makes about 30 pounds

12 cups oat groats
12 cups black oil sunflower seeds
12 cups hard red wheat berries
6 cups soft white wheat berries
6 cups kamut
6 cups millet (unhulled)
6 cups whole corn
3 cup lentils
3 cup sesame seeds
3 cup flax seeds
1.5 cup brewer’s yeast
3/4 cup kelp granules

Free-choice oyster shells and grit



The protein in this recipe comes from the oats, sunflower seeds, wheat, kamut, lentils, sesame seeds, flax seed, and brewer's yeast.

The Calcium comes from the oats, and oyster shells. 

Another thing that the author mentions about the oats is that they are inexpensive, and that you can use the oats in any form, "oats groats, steel-cut oats, rolled oats, and quick oats."

The Black Oil Sunflower Seeds can be substituted for standard sunflower seeds. But the author of the original article indicates the the regular sunflower seeds "tend to be larger than BOSS with thicker shells." The author also indicates that the "high oil content gives feathers a beautiful gloss."

The variety of ingredients offer a many benefits, vitamins and minerals including: B Vitamins (Oats, Flax Seeds & Brewer's Yeast), iron (millet), fiber (oats), Vitamin E (Kamut), Magnesium (Kamut), Zinc (Kamut), Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Flax Seeds), Amino Acids (Millet & Kelp Granules).

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