Avian Aqua Miser: Automatic, poop-free chicken waterers

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Growing grains for chicken feed

cornThis year, we've decided to start growing some of the grain for our chickens' feed.  We'll be starting small to figure out what works well on the backyard scale, first trying hulless oats, buckwheat, amaranth, and quinoa, and then probably expanding out in later years to include wheat, field corn, rye, barley, and millet.  In the long run, we'd like to grow all of our own chicken feed, which is estimated to be about a bushel of grain per chicken per year.

OatsIn Small-Scale Grain Raising, Gene Logsdon explains that you can plan your garden so that your animals (and you) eat nearly fresh grains throughout the year.  Rye and barley are the first grains to ripen in early summer, then wheat, oats, buckwheat, and sorghum are ripe in the fall.  In the winter and spring, you can feed the easily stored corn and soybeans.  Check out our homesteading blog for more tips on
how to grow and process grain.  We'll be updating over there on how our first season goes as the weather warms up.

Meanwhile, if you're going to keep your chickens healthy by formulating your own chicken feed, why not go the extra mile and keep them happy with a poop-free chicken waterer?

This post is part of our Homemade Chicken Feed series.  Read all of the entries:

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