Heather of The Homesteading Hippy has a terrific recipe for homemade chicken feed to share with all of you. For those of you that have not met Heather of The Homesteading Hippy, let us introduce you. Heather began her journey into homesteading in 2006. Heather and her family began gardening and through the years has gotten smarter on how she does things. She has learned from her mistakes along the way, making your experience better than hers!
Her kids raise meat birds, turkeys, and rabbits for 4-H. Their garden takes up over 1/3 of their yard, and the animals get another 1/3, leaving the family the remaining 1/3rd. Heather does admit, “Having a manicured lawn no longer has precedence, though, and we enjoy our “poultry vison” much more than any TV show or movie.” Take a peek!
And so Heather got tired of buying chicken feed- here’s her story.
Well,I got tired of buying it. Or running out of it on a weekend when the feed store wasn’t open. Or, it just got too expensive. Whichever way you put it, I decided to embark on a new journey: homemade chicken feed.
After days hours minutes searching the web. I was able to find a recipe that used most of the stuff I already had on hand! I ran to the local hardware store to get some black sunflower seeds, and my journey began! My girls like this mixture so far, I think. At least they aren’t complaining loudly.
Here’s what it looks like:
(please ignore the fact that I have this in a store bought ice cream container… it was one of “those” weeks and all….)
Here’s the recipe
2 parts whole corn (in winter this is increased to 3 to 4 parts)
3 parts soft white wheat
3 parts hard red winter wheat
1 part hulled barley
1 part oat groats
1 part sunflower seeds (in winter this is increased to 2 parts)