Thursday, February 5, 2009

I took this photo of the new batch of organic chicken food. I want to feed them whole grains instead of the pellet or crumble mix which is so commonly fed to poultry. One big reason is I want to avoid soy for them, and it is nearly impossible to find a soy-free pre-mix. Also, these grains can be sprouted to achieve maximum nutritional value as well as cutting down on wastage from spilled feed. When a crumble or pellet feed is spilled or dropped on the ground it essentially becomes garbage. Whole grains can still be found and if left behind for a few days they will sprout and become more tasty. I made this new batch from a different recipe this time than I have used before and I have to say it's really pretty ;) The chickens seem to be loving it as well. We now have 400lbs of food for them which should last a bit, eh? Now the trick will be cutting the cost of the grain itself. In the next few months I need to do some research and see if a new supplier I have found will cut the cost as much as I think it will. Even with shipping they have to beat Whole Foods, right?

4 comments:

Marlyn said...

Dang, that looks good enough to eat myself! Lucky chickens. At some point, I want to talk to you more about the whole chicken thing! When I'm ready (aka sure I'm not moving to Nicaragua!).

asonomagarden said...

Wow Erin, I never even thought about making our own chicken feed! The picture of your homemade feed looks so much more nutritious than what we buy at our feed store. I'm inspired to try it.

Shauna said...

WHA??marlyn????

JJElias said...

You never cease to amaze me!