How to Making Your Own Chicken Feed

It is vital that your chickens are given a balanced, nutrient-rich chicken feed rich in calcium and protein to ensure their health and to allow them to produce nutritious eggs.

Commercially-produced chicken feed is often heavily processed and cooked. This means that it can compromise a lot the nutrients your girls need to be healthy and produce delicious eggs every morning. To keep them happy, they will need to eat more chicken feed.

Many backyard chicken owners are now making the decision to make their own chicken feed. Making your own chicken feed allows you to control exactly what goes into your feed. This makes it easy to modify the feed to meet your chicken’s needs. It can also make it more affordable for larger flocks. Only real food should be allowed to enter your chickens’ feeds.

For chickens that are not able to free range, it is important to make your own chicken feed. You can add many grains and grasses to their diet.

Although every chicken is different, there are some basic ingredients that you can include in your homemade chicken feed.

You should research the appropriate amount of each ingredient to include in your chicken feed, depending on how many you are making. This will ensure that your girls receive the right amount of each ingredient to provide them with a nutritious meal.

  • Oats are a kitchen favorite that is high in protein, calcium, and fiber. They are also great for supporting the immune system and are a treat for your chicks. You can choose from quick, rolled or steel-cut oats.
  • Sunflower seeds: Another great source of protein, and magnesium and copper for strong bones for your girls are the sunflower seeds. Vitamin B, which is good for the heart and Vitamin E for anti-inflammatory properties, are two of the benefits of sunflower seeds.
  • Brewer’s yeast: This is an important source for protein and B vitamins. Make sure you buy the animal-grade variety for your chicken feed to save some money!
  • Kelp Granules/Kelp Food: kelp is an excellent addition to homemade chicken feed. It’s a great source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. If you need a smaller quantity, kelp can be purchased at any good pet or farm supply store.
  • Flax Seeds: These tiny seeds can boost omega-3 fatty acid levels in eggs and are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Wheat is the main energy source for chickens. Mixing both hard and soft red wheat in your chicken feed will give you the most nutrients.
  • Cracked corn: While corn may not have the highest nutritional value for chickens but it does provide beautiful, vibrant orange eggs yolks that will give your girls energy and make them go wild for it.
  • Lentils: These are great sources of protein for chickens. If you want them to produce large, delicious eggs consistently, make sure to include lentils in your chicken feed!

You should supplement your chickens’ protein-rich chicken feed with some of their favorite kitchen scraps, such as carrot peelings and eggs shells (or grit), yoghurts, bananas, bread crusts, etc. You can find a list of foods that chickens shouldn’t eat here.

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