When feeding chickens, farmers will make their own chicken feed. The nutrients contained in the homemade feed must be balanced and the same. During the preparation process, the feed must be stirred evenly, otherwise the chickens will be poisoned or other diseases will occur. There are two methods of feed mixing: mechanical mixing and manual mixing. As long as they are used properly, satisfactory results can be obtained. In addition, making own chicken feed also needs to be reasonably prepared according to the type of chickens being raised, such as roosters, breeding hens, laying hens, broilers, etc. The nutrients required by various chickens are different and their feed ratios are also different.

Making own chicken feed (1)
Making own chicken feed (1)

Mechanical stirring

Use a mixer. Commonly used mixers are vertical and horizontal. The vertical mixer is suitable for mixing powdered feed with a moisture content of less than 14%. This kind of mixer needs small power, low price and easy maintenance, but the mixing time is long (usually 10-20 minutes per batch), which is suitable for professional chicken raising households and small chicken farms. The horizontal mixer can mix the feed evenly in areas where the climate is relatively humid or when strong viscous ingredients (such as grease) are added to the feed. The machine has strong stirring ability and short stirring time, 3 to 4 minutes per batch, and is mainly used in some feed processing plants. The batches are fast and the output is large, and the material after stirring can be granulated by the Feed making machine for use or sale.

Making own chicken feed (2)
Making own chicken feed (2)

Hand blended

This method is the primary means of making own chicken feed agitation when raising chickens at home. Use a shovel to press the feed of the latter shovel on the feed put down by the former shovel, that is, put it all the way to the top of the feed, so that the feed flows around the center point into a cone shape, so that all kinds of feeds have the opportunity to mix. When stirring, you must be careful and patient to prevent some trace components from being piled up, agglomerated, and unevenly mixed, which will affect the feeding effect.

Making own chicken feed (3)
Making own chicken feed (3)

Making own chicken feed recipe:

For example, laying hens: 65% corn, 17% soybean meal, 5% fish meal, 3% bone meal, shell meal and stone meal, 0.1% multivitamins, 0.1% trace elements, 0.1% methionine, and 0.4% salt.
Different growth stages have different chicken feed formulations. When making own chicken feed, adding an appropriate amount of antifungal agent to the feed is conducive to maintaining the freshness of the feed.
1. Self-made feed formula for laying hens aged from 1 to 3 weeks:
Corn 60%, millet 5%, sorghum 4%, wheat bran 5%, bean cake 8%, fish meal 8%, meat meal 3%, blood meal 5%, stone meal 1.5%, salt 0.3%, and appropriate amount of additives.
2. Feed formula for laying hens from 4 to 6 weeks old:
Corn 60%, sorghum 4%, wheat bran 6%, bean cake 15%, peanut cake 3%, cotton cake 2%, blood meal 3%, fish meal 5%, shell meal 1%, bone meal 0.7%, salt 0.3%.
3. Feed ratio for 7 to 14 week old laying hens:
Corn 60%, sorghum 6%, barley 12%, bean cake 10%, fish meal 3%, shell meal 0.7%, locust leaf powder 5%, bone meal 2%, salt 0.3%, and appropriate amount of additives.
4. Feed ratio for 15 to 25 week old chickens:
Corn 65%, barley 5%, wheat bran 15%, bean cake 7%, cotton cake 2%, fish meal 2%, shell meal 1.5%, bone meal 2%, salt 0.3%, appropriate amount of additives.

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