Homemade Chicken Feed – Feed Your Chickens Cheaply

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?

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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.

Other ways to feed your chickens cheaply are home-grown fodder as well as compost scraps – or some yummy treats!

How do you feed your chickens cheaply?

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25 thoughts on “Homemade Chicken Feed – Feed Your Chickens Cheaply”

  1. I’m definitely interested in knowing what the cost breakdown is. I would love to make our chicken feed. Our ducks and chickens share the same feed, so after they are gone from the courtyard and are in their own pond away from the chickens, I’ll make it for them. Right now the ducks eat the majority of the feed! I need to find a good duck feed recipe. 🙂

  2. Wow I love this! I had always wondered if making my own chicken feed would be an cheaper. And those are all things I tend to have around anyways. Thank you!

  3. WOW. A recipe for the feed… I’m trying to guess how much it would cost to add all of those feeds to make my own…I have small amounts of those grains, BUT big bags not close… I can get a 50# bag of cracked corn for $5.00 and Manna Pro 5# organic bag @ Tractor Supply is $13.00.. Co-op isn’t so bad for a 50# bag>>>

    1. You are so lucky! Feed for our girls is around $50 a bag for the non gmo non soy stuff that we have to use (due to sever soy allergies)

  4. Mine don’t eat half of what’s in the feed I’ve been buying. I don’t like the waste factor, so I’ll try this! Thanks!

  5. I mix and ferment corn oats barley and feed it they love it and they get more nutrition from the feed and it is good for them like us eating yogurt.

      1. Funny how most of you worry about such a complex food for your chickens.

        Your chickens can survive, (and thrive) on a basic diet.

        I have wintered chickens on nothing but cribbed sweet corn that grew faster than I could eat with the addition of kitchen scraps!

        You can feed layers corn, oats and wheat with crushed egg shells and kitchen scraps no problem!!!

        Be creative, remember, chickens are scavengers!!!

    1. Amazon is the best place I have found, if you can’t find them local. I am able to get most of them from local Amish suppliers myself.

  6. Thank you for this.
    This diet is wholesome and chicken enjoy it. Most of the ingredients available in Dubai UAE which I do mix and feed my chicken please can you recommend substitutes for Quinoa & Kelp granules ? In summer on account of the high temperatures my ratio for Wheat is less and Oats more & in Winter reverse. Nature is so beautiful, chicken themselves will eat less Wheat in Summer & less Barley in Winter.

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