Healthiest homemade chicken feed
the Cluck?! by
Andrew and Jennifer Ayers is a chicken-keeping memoir, detailing the
couple's life with a backyard flock. While many parts of the
ebook were geared toward the beginner, I was intrigued by the Ayers'
The Ayers cook up the
beans and rice just like you would if feeding them to people, then they
scatter the uncooked cracked corn on the top of each day's
portion. The concoction clocks in at 15.6% protein, just a hair
less than you'd get in laying pellets from the store.
Although the percent
protein looks great, once I really crunched the numbers, I discovered
that the Ayers' recipe is probaby only providing about a fifth of the
chickens' diets. Each hen in his flock receives about 72 calories
per day from the beans-rice-corn concoction, versus 371 calories per
hen per day for a chicken getting their recommended
daily allowance of
0.25 pounds of dry layer
feed. In the
Ayers' situation, the other 80% of the flocks' feed is clearly being
made up of wild food and on-sale grocery store items, which is probably
why their eggs' yolks are so amazingly bright.
Our chicken waterer rounds out the healthy chicken diet with clean water.
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