When it comes to your chickens, it is important that they are fed a nutrient rich and balanced chicken feed high in protein and calcium to keep them in tip-top shape, and allow them to produce nutrient filled fresh eggs!
Because some commercially produced chicken feed is often highly processed and cooked, it sacrifices a lot of the nutrients that is needed for your girls to stay at the height of their health and provide you with delicious eggs each morning. This means they must eat a larger amount of their chicken feed to keep them satisfied.The idea of making your own chicken feed is becoming increasingly popular among many backyard chicken owners. By making your own chicken feed it allows you to know exactly what is in the chicken feed, so it can be easily altered to suit your chickens dietary requirements, and it can also be cost effective for those who have larger flocks. As real food is coming out of your chickens, only real food should be going into them!
Creating your own chicken feed is particularly important for those chickens who are unable to free range full-time, as you can easily supplement what they would generally eat as free-rangers with many grains and grasses.
While all chickens dietary requirements will differ, there are a few fundamental ingredients you should include in your home-made chicken feed to keep your chickens clucking. (it is best to research how much of each ingredient you should include in your chicken feed depending on the amount you wish to make. This will ensure your girls are getting the correct dose of each to be provided with the most nutrient rich meal).
In addition to this protein packed chicken feed, you should also supplement your chickens with their favourite kitchen scraps-cabbage, carrot peelings, eggs shells (or shell grit), yoghurt, bananas, bread crusts etc. (do be wary of a number of foods that your chickens should not eat to maintain their health, a list can be found here.
With a few regular treats added in the mix your girls will be thriving in no time- and there will be no shortage of poached eggs for brekky!
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