So, I have like 3 other articles that have recipes for how to make chicken feed at home - this one is unique though, because it breaks down different ingredient options by their protein content.
It's probably the most "complicated" article that I have for chicken feed recipes, though - so if you're looking for something easier... check out one of these articles (or all of them): Formulating Your Own Chicken Feed, Garden Betty's Homemade Whole Grain Chicken Feed, and/or Homemade Chicken Feed. Organic and soy-free! - Stephanie
Once your chicks grow up and start to lay, you want to change them off the homemade starter/grower feeds and onto laying feeds with 16 or 17% protein.
Once again, I'm listing several choices so that you get an idea of how to put together your own feed recipe. The numbers in the chart indicate a percent of the recipe by weight --- to make a hundred pounds of feed, just pretend those numbers are in pounds.
|Generic - 15-18% protein||Modern - 17% protein||Modern (no alfalfa) - 17% protein||High corn - 15% protein||No soybeans - 13% protein|
|Corn (shelled or meal)||48.25||48.25||60||53.5|
|Soybeans (roasted or meal)||30||30||8|
|Alfalfa meal (can be eliminated in on fresh pasture.)||4||5||2.5||5|
|Fish meal and/or meat meal||3||7.5|
|Aragonite, ground limestone, marble, or oyster shells (for calcium)||3||8.75||8.75||6.35||3|
|Combination of corn, milo, barley, oats, wheat, and/or rice||53.5|
|Wheat bran, mill feed, rice bran, and/or milling byproducts||17|
|Soybean meal, peanut meal, cottonseed meal, safflower meal, and/or sesame meal||15|
|Yeast and/or milk powder (for vitamins)||2||3||2.5|
|Salt with trace minerals (trace mineral salt or iodized salt supplemented with 1/2 oz. of managanese sulfate and 1/2 oz. of zinc oxide.)||0.5||0.4||0.5|
|Bone meal and/or deflourinated dicalcium phosphate||2|
|Cod liver oil||1|
|Maine herring meal (65% protein)||3.75|
|Meat and bone meal (47% protein)||1|
Stay tuned for the next post about protein content --- this is the one that will really help you make up your own feed.