Well, I got tired of buying it.
Or running out of it on a weekend when the feed store wasn’t open. Or, it just got to expensive. Whichever way you put it, I decided to embark on a new journey: homemade chicken feed. After
days hours minutes searching the web, I was able to find a recipe that used most of the stuff I already had on hand! I ran to the local hardware store to get some black sunflower seeds, and my journey began! My girls like this mixture so far, I think. At least they aren’t complaining too loudly.
Here’s what it looks like:
Here’s the recipe
The only thing is I didn’t have any corn to add to this mixture.
Or kelp. But, believe it or not, I actually had the rest of the stuff on hand! My girls also get “let out” to free range for a couple hours a day when we are home, so I am not to worried about that right now. I figured the cost of making this feed is about the same as what I pay for a 50# bag at the feed store, and it was pretty convenient to just make up as I needed it. It is great for a small flock, or as “scratch treats” for a larger flock, but the expense of this would probably NOT make it cost effective to feed as a sole food for them year round for many. To keep the cost down, we also supplement with home grown fodder (check that out here) as well as compost scraps (check that out here) and that helps a lot.