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Recipes for homemade layer chicken feeds

Once your chicks grow up and start to lay, you want to change them off the homemade starter/grower feeds and onto laying feeds with 16 or 17% protein.  Once again, I'm listing several choices so that you get an idea of how to put together your own feed recipe.  The numbers in the chart indicate a percent of the recipe by weight --- to make a hundred pounds of feed, just pretend those numbers are in pounds.


Generic  - 15-18% protein
Modern - 17% protein
Modern (no alfalfa) - 17% protein
High corn - 15% protein
No soybeans - 13% protein
Corn (shelled or meal)

48.25
48.25
60
53.5
Soybeans (roasted or meal)

30
30
8

Oats

5
10


Alfalfa meal (can be eliminated in on fresh pasture.)
4
5

2.5
5
Fish meal and/or meat meal
3



7.5
Aragonite, ground limestone, marble, or oyster shells  (for calcium)
3
8.75
8.75
6.35
3
Poultry nutri-balancer

3
3


Combination of corn, milo, barley, oats, wheat, and/or rice
53.5




Wheat bran, mill feed, rice bran, and/or milling byproducts
17




Soybean meal, peanut meal, cottonseed meal, safflower meal, and/or sesame meal
15




Yeast and/or milk powder (for vitamins)
2


3
2.5
Salt with trace minerals (trace mineral salt or iodized salt supplemented with 1/2 oz. of managanese sulfate and 1/2 oz. of zinc oxide.)
0.5


0.4
0.5
Bone meal and/or deflourinated dicalcium phosphate
2




Wheat middlings



15

Wheat




30
Cod liver oil




1
Maine herring meal (65% protein)



3.75

Meat and bone meal (47% protein)



1

Kelp meal



0.6


Stay tuned for the next post about protein content --- this is the one that will really help you make up your own feed.  Meanwhile, check out our poop-free, automatic chicken waterer.


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



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