Add Vinegar from Raw Apple Cider!
Any day, applying raw organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) to the waterer or feed of your chicken can help keep their bodies alkaline (rather than acidic) and retain healthy bacteria circulating in their digestive tract. Before giving it to them, apply 1 tablespoon to a gallon waterer, or spray their food down (daily, in the scoop) with ACV. This you should do on a regular basis or any other day.
Finishing The Mix
Let’s go over what to add to your base feed now that you know what ingredients you need other than your key matches.
Instead of mixing it into their feed bin while preparing the initial batch of feed, combine the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in a tub and simply sprinkle the mixture into the daily feed scoop of your poultry. Only make tiny loads of supplements at a time so that they don’t go bad as easily.
VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS, AND MINERALS:
Marine kelp, sunflower seeds with black oil, dry yeast cultivation, flaxseed, source of calcium (eggshells, aragonite or oyster shells; grit), fish meal (optional)
Second, add your mineral or vitamin premixes, knowing that your chickens are still having some of the ingredients mentioned here with minerals and vitamins. Only don’t overthink it!
Make sure you give at least 6 percent of your feed as calcium ingredients (such as aragonite, fish meal, or a mixed source) to ensure that your layers get at least 15 percent protein. To acquire the 15 percent protein, you should use your premixes, since it will be labeled on the back of the package of the blend. Bearing in mind that 15 percent is the minimum, it’s good to go up from there.
Basic Recipe for Natural Chicken Feed
Centered on 100 kilos of fodder
Wheat (20 to 25 pounds), Crushed corn (20 to 25 pounds), Peas, cut or whole (20 to 25 pounds), Oats (optional; do not feed more than 15 percent, as they can cause runny droppings), Sunflower seeds of black oil (5 pounds), Flaxseed (1 pound; do not exceed 10 percent), Mineral Premix (optional; 0.5 to 2 pounds, depending on the supply of pasture), Free choice: Sea kelp, Grit, Cultured dried yeast, F
In the base portion of this recipe, minor versatility has been given so that if you pasture-range, you can adapt according to your needs. In general, birds who are on grazing get more vitamins and nutrients than those in confinement.
Making your own feed is a fabulous natural choice if you’re trying to get away from commercial layer pellets, and even if you’re pasture ranging and need a wholesome feed for the winter months.
However there are other, more sustainable ways of supplementing food. Let’s dig at the other possibilities!
Don’t forget, for chickens that are not on pasture or free-ranging, grit is particularly required. It makes the gizzard split up feed and grains! You can buy grit, or even just get a scoop of sand to dump in with your chickens by a creek bed. Grit is made up of small pebbles, sand, and the earth’s other natural gritty substances.