Happy chickens make great eggs! Here’s a recipe to make your own feed for smaller flocks, or supplemental scratch for larger flocks.
When you have laying chickens, they will need to be fed. The best feed for chickens, of course, is their natural diet of bugs, grass, and worms. Even free range chickens that get to run, scratch, and scrounge all day need to have supplemental food.
You can easily buy the poultry feed at the farm supply store. It can run from $15-$45 a bag, depending on ingredients and if it’s organic or not. How do you feed your chickens cheaply, then? The last thing most of us want to do is break the budget on laying chickens, right?
If you are truly adventurous and ready to take the next step of homesteading, learning how to make your own chicken feed should be on your list. It’s not difficult to do, and the ingredients are wholesome, healthy, and not very pricey.
Most of the ingredients for poultry feed are available at local feed mills or even grocery stores. If you are unable to find them at your local store, you can purchase them online.
Homemade chicken feed recipe:
- 3 parts soft white wheat
- 3 parts hard red winter wheat
- 1 part hulled barley
- 1 part oat groats
- 1 part sunflower seeds
- 1 part millet
- 1 part split peas
- 1 part lentils
- 1 part quinoa
- 1 part sesame seeds
- 1/2 part flax seeds
- 1/2 part kelp granules
- free choice of granite grit
- free choice of oyster shell
Add all ingredients into a large plastic bucket with a tight-fitting lid. Offer as you would any other chicken food, or use it as a scratch treat. I figured the cost of making this feed is about the same as what I pay for a 50# bag at the feed store, (soy, corn, and GMO-free).
It’s pretty convenient to just make up as needed, too. 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.
How do you feed your chickens cheaply?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.