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Sprouting and processing grain for chicken feed

One of the reasons we've held back from growing our own chicken feed grains for so long is that we were a bit scared of the processing step.  But it sounds like there are two options that are suitable to the backyard scale.
Sprouting beans for chickensSome grains can be fed whole, but nearly all grains are more digestible if they are ground.  If you're grinding grain into flour for yourself, you can use the same hand-cranked mill to grind a bit of grain for your chickens.  On the other hand, if we really get into growing our own feed we'll probably find a way to make or buy a better mill.

Old timey farmers knew that sprouting was even better than grinding.  If you're willing to put in a little extra time, you can sprout all of the grains you feed your animals, a process that makes them even more nutritious.  This would probably be our processing option of choice, especially in the winter.

Stay tuned for several less conventional chicken feed options in upcoming posts.  Meanwhile, check out our homemade chicken waterers that provide clean water for your hens.

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

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