Chicken feed

When I first got my chicks, I raised them on organic poultry grower feed, then I switched to organic layer feed.  That was until I started reading the ingredients on the bags and got to thinking:  If I cook for my family from scratch, why am I feeding my chickens “processed” food?

Now once a month or so I mix up a batch of soft white wheat berries, hard red wheat berries, black oil sunflower seeds, whole dried corn, a bit of dried kelp.  They also forage outside all day, and I supplement with baked crushed egg shells for calcium and occasional cooked rice, kitchen vegetable scraps, and bread.

For the first couple weeks, I mixed in layer pellets with this feed.  Guess what, they ignored the pellets and ate the berries and seeds.  Now I don’t add any layer pellets at all.  They’ve been eating it for about a month without pellets, and they’re doing great.  Here’s the true test:  We got our first egg today!  It’s a pretty blue one from one of the Easter Eggers.  The shell is nice and firm, and it’s about the size of a store-bought medium egg.

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Yay!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

About Michelle

Creator & owner of Suncatcher Craft Eyes.

Posted on November 25, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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