If you’re anything like us, you long to move all your animals to a 100% organic diet featuring nutrient rich, non GMO ingredients but your budget has other ideas… This is the situation we’ve found ourselves in. Every time we go to the feed store I inspect the organic chicken feed but invariably we grab the Purina Layena and head for the registers. Our chickens deserve good food, and as an added bonus we’d get the best eggs, but money is tight and will be for a little while yet, so we do the best we can.
I’ve been looking into low cost alternatives. Ways to enhance/supplement the less healthy daily feed with great nutrient rich treats on the side. We’ve been juicing, and have already made huge changes to our diets by adding more veg and reducing our meat intake. Thankfully the byproduct of this diet change for us is more veggie scraps for the chickens and goats – though we are very careful not to treat the goats with too much “green” as this can upset their rumens.
In addition to this I’ve developed a habit of pulling something fun together for the chickens Sunday feed. Sunday Funday! haha
My go-to combination is a big hit with the girls so I thought I would share it with you here. Please note, these are just store brand basic ingredients – again, I wish I could get my hands on loads of delicious organic grains for them, but we just can’t right now. (Though I have big plans for an Azure Standard order in the future and then I will make our own organic feed for both the chickens and the goats).
I’ve linked to organic versions of the ingredients online should you wish to “upgrade” your chicken treat to make it organic. If you’re on a budget, like we are, all of these ingredients can be found at just about any grocery store — well chia may be slightly harder to find, but not impossible. We get ours at Sam’s Club.
We find this makes enough for breakfast for 6 chickens (5 girls and a roo). If you have more than 6 birds you will probably need to increase the amounts listed above.
The oats are the big favorite with our girls, they will almost always eat those first. The chia is also quite popular which makes me happy. It’s important that you shake this up really well before serving because the garlic sinks to the bottom quite quickly. I know that some people will mix in a little flax seed oil, or molasses to their feed to help the lower density ingredients stick, but I prefer to keep this mix dry. When they’re done, the bowl is pretty much sparkling clean so I know they’re ingesting most of the garlic and that’s important to me because I add it as a little lice/worm/mite preventative. I have no personal evidence that this works, but I have read about quite a few people adding garlic so I figured it can’t hurt.
I know this is fairly obvious, but I was making some this weekend and took pics of each step – you don’t need them because you’re smart – but I know some people love pics, so this is for them! 🙂
I’ve been working on another little experiment with the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds and I should be ready to share that next week. Another inexpensive way to improve the diet of your animals without breaking the bank.
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