Organic Homemade Chicken Feed.

Organic Homemade Chicken Feed | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

I’m not sure why the Lord saw fit to bless me with the arrival of all these cool animals over the last few weeks, but I sure am thankful for it. I’ve been wanting chickens for years. YEARS, people. And now I get to make my very own this organic homemade chicken feed.

And this past week with my 15 hens has been awesome. I visit them half a dozen times per day. It’s almost an addiction. I love watching them scratch at the ground, peck at their food, and roost on the logs in their coop.

They’re sort of still in their awkward teenage years where they’re not quite mature and beautiful yet, but still sort of gangly and awkward looking. No judgement here though. I’m just happy to have them.


When we found out that we’d be getting chickens upon our arrival in Washington, I began researching organic homemade chicken feed options. It’s no doubt convenient to pick up the scratch or pelleted formula from the feed store, but I really wanted a primarily organic, non-GMO, non-soy based diet for the ‘ol girls. Healthier for them and better nutrients in our eggs.

As much as I’d like these chickens to free range, I’ve got far too much invested in my garden beds to let them do such. They have a nice large coop to roam and roost in and for the time being, they’re better off in there. I’m willing to put forward the extra effort though to supplement them with as much of a free-range-mimicked-diet as I can though.

When one thinks about what the chicken actually eats when it free ranges, it’s pretty easy to supplement with grains and grasses. Bugs are also a nice addition, should you have any extras (extra worms from our vermiculture bin work great for this!). There are a few great store bought options for feeding your chickens (have you heard about Scratch & Peck feed?) but they are expensive. Hence, the making it at home.

Let me point this out before I begin: it’s very, very important to source your grains wisely. For example, you’ll see that the recipe calls for flax seed. If you head to your local grocery store to stock up on bulk flax, you’re going to cry when you get to the cash register – it simply isn’t cost effective to buy it from there. Call your local feed store and ask about bulk, organic grains. Azure Standard is where we order all our grains from and is a great option for animal feed (I’ve included the price per pound on each grain that was ordered from there in the recipe below). Amazon also has deals on bulk grains sometimes. Shop around and find the most economically feasible option that you can. Then, store them in cool containers like this so that the mice don’t feast on your goods!

In addition to our homemade grain mixture, I also supplement our chickens with all of our kitchen scraps (things like carrot peelings, stale bread, or old greens) and a few large armfuls of weeds each day. They love to eat the tender leaves off the wildflowers and weeds that grow around here. This gives them a large variety of foods to receive their nutrients from, which I think is nice for them.

Welp. Let’s get to making organic homemade chicken feed, shall we?


Organic Homemade Chicken Feed

Note: The prices below reflect the price we pay through Azure Standard as of June 2013. Prices change monthly and are variable.

You will need:
- 12 cups organic, feeder oats (.34 cents/lb)
- 8 cups organic, soft white wheat (.38 cents/lb)
- 8 cups organic, hard red wheat (.26 cents/lb)
- 6 cups organic corn (.42 cents/lb)
- 4 cups organic lentils (.54 cents/lb)
- 4 cups organic split peas (.47 cents/lb)
- 2 cups organic flax seed (1.68/lb)
- 1 cup sesame seeds (2.27/lb)
- 3/4 cup kelp granules (3.25/lb)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, coconut oil, or molasses

Organic Homemade Chicken Feed | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

Organic Homemade Chicken Feed | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

Organic Homemade Chicken Feed | The Elliott Homestead (.com)

Simply combine all the ingredients together in a large bucket. Use your hands or a large spoon to mix and combine all the grains. The olive oil will help the powdered kelp to stick to the grains easily.

Kelp is an important addition – it helps to provide vital minerals to the chickens and is an inexpensive way to do such.

As of now, I find that my 15 chickens eat about 4 cups of this mixture per day. I’ve inspected the soil closely to see if their leaving particular grain behind but for the most part, they don’t sort through the mixture, so I am glad! Even though they aren’t fully grown, they can still easily eat the split peas, whole corn, and lentils just fine. They love the wheat, especially.

Organic Homemade Chicken Feed | The Elliott Homestead (.com)
When I feed the chickens, I simply scatter the feed along the ground in their run. This entertains them, as they can spend their morning scratching through the soil like they do naturally. During the winter months, I’ll feed them inside the coop, but during the warm, dry months this seems to work fine.

This homemade feed not work for everyone, and it may not be as cost effective for everyone, but it has worked wonderfully for us. The chickens seem to be thriving on the whole grain diet and I am thankful to be able to provide them with such nutritional awesomeness.

Also note: while it’s possible to make this feed without corn, I have no reason to do such. Because I am able to buy an organic, non-GMO from Azure, I feel confident feeding it to my chickens in this quantity. If left to their own devices free-ranging, chickens would punish some corn. So corn it is, for us. Feel free to substitute for another high protein feed stuff (such as sunflower seeds), if you wish.

You know what the best part is about this feed? We get to share it with the chickens! Ha! I filled up our wheat bucket that I keep in the kitchen right before I mixed this together for them. And after that, I strolled down to the shop to fill up my mason jar with lentils. Score!

Chickens are cool. So is homemade chicken feed. If that’s what you’re into.

I totally am.

UPDATE: I finally calculated the cost of making this per pound. Based on the price we paid for the grains as of June, 2013 it equates out to .47 cents per pound. Our 15 layers currently eat 1.75 pounds per day, which means it costs us .81 cents per day to feed them this diet.

Peas: .47/lb, 2 pounds = .94
Flax: 1.68/lb, .75 pounds = 1.26
Sesame seeds: 2.27/lb., .25 pounds = .56
Lentils: .55/lb., 2 pounds = 1.1
Corn: .43/lb., 2.5 pounds = 1.075
Soft white wheat: .38/lb., 3.5 pounds = 1.33
Hard white wheat: .26/lb., 3.5 pounds = .91
Oats= .34/lb., 3.25 pounds = 1.105
Kelp granules = 3.25/lb., 1/2 ounce = .10

The recipe makes a 17.75 pound batch. Total cost is $8.38. This equates to .47 cents per pound. This is our experience and may not reflect current prices or prices in your area.

I hope this recipe for organic homemade chicken feed is helpful!

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  1. Patrica says

    Hi! I liked this informative post!
    We actually had 15 Ameracanas a few weeks back but they all ended up dying. We had them for 2 weeks. I have come to the conclusion that the nats had a part in it. I stopped by a Amish homestead on Friday to buy some brown eggs & asparagus! The young lady was confirming my & my husbands thoughts. There was a loss of as many as 200 on one farm she was telling me. I really thought we were going to have some fun & in few months we would be gathering blue eggs! Needless to say we won’t be doing that. I would be just like you hanging out w/them just watching them peck & scratch! We may have to try another batch some day soon! We paid $55 for them & the feed from the feed store was like $18. Not sure what the sack of grit cost. I would be willing to go non gmo, organic, make my own chicken feed so I hope I get to some day soon!
    Take care out there!

    • sue says

      Have you tried food grade diotomatious earth? I sprinkle it in my coop, nests, run area & use it on my veggie beds. I no longer have holes on tomato or pepper plant leaves…chickens no longer bothered by insects.

  2. Emily Moothart says

    So how much does this end up costing, say, per week? And how will that cost compare to the number of eggs you’ll be collecting once they start laying? I completely agree with how much fun chickens are, but I’m also very interested in the economics. We live in the city but on a 1/4 acre parcel, and right now I’m thinking of getting the six birds the city allows ad just letting them range in the backyard. We don’t have anything planted back there yet (and won’t for a year, probably) so I’m not concerned about them ruining anything. What do you think?

    • Dustin says

      If you are interested in economics, you will see that raising your own chickens reduces stress and your dependence on other markets. In addition to being free entertainment. Pay a little more now and get a lot later. Externalities need to be factored in. My chickens are free range and healthy and my kids can’t wait to start collecting eggs. Its worth it, at some point you have to make decisions not completely based on its economic cost.

  3. Tessa Zundel says

    Great mix – I’m so glad Azure Standard is out there! We shared this with our readers at

  4. Jay says

    Very well written article. I will try your mix. Just had 4 chicks taken out by raccoon. For those like me not bearing arms — and posed with a threat — I loaded a super-soaker with strait bleach x 4, sprinkled 5000 mg of crushed aspirin on killed but not eaten chicken + left a side of anti-freeze.

    No more coon problems . . .

    • Barbara says

      Would have been much more humane to have borrowed a weapon and shot them. Have you ever watched an animal die from anti freeze? I have and it is a slow torturous death! While racoons kill our chickens they deserve humane treatment!

    • says

      Wow. I have to chime in and say that’s an awful thing to do to any animal. A well-placed shot from a gun is probably the most humane way to rid your homestead of predators. And an enclosed run and secure coop where your chickens are locked each night should protect them from being attacked by predators in the first place.

    • Ken says

      I keep the chickens in the coop at night, and you might just get a dog. No reason to kill unless they enter your house and threaten your life, and if they do, you better have a gun.

  5. Heather says

    I would also love the cost break-down on this…we buy Modesto Mills organic soy-free food and it’s about $26/50 lb bag when I buy in bulk from the feed store in San Diego. I love the idea of making my own, though!

  6. Malerie says

    This is awesome! We are doing our “chicken budget” right now, and this is REALLY helpful. Here’s a question, though: we don’t eat wheat, and I would love to order grains that we could eat, as well. Do you know of other grains that chickens might appreciate and enjoy in a similar fashion?

    • Keith says

      Sorghum and sunflower are good. Millet is another. Not sure about cost. I’m in Australia.
      We call the hens ‘chooks.’ :-)

  7. Dana says

    Depending on how much land you have, chickens aren’t terribly destructive to gardens. Mine free range and don’t really care that much about anything but the sprouts. I keep them locked up until the garden is established and lock them up if they start to get to be a problem. But they like to scratch for bugs more than anything. I actually encourage them to spend a LOT of time in the garden after harvest and before planting by feeding them over there so they get all the little bugs they can.

  8. Meredith says

    I’m gluten-intolerant and not jazzed about the idea of handling wheat. Is there a gluten-free substitute that will fill the same nutritional need?

  9. LisaB says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I had been considering making my own but we currently buy a mix like this from someone else for .21ยข/lb and I think we’ll just keep it that way :)

  10. Boris Bartlog says

    Did you have a particular justification for including the more expensive ingredients (flax seed, sesame seed, kelp granules)? Also, I don’t know whether you give your chickens oyster shell or some other source of calcium and magnesium separately, but once they start laying you will probably want to add some calcium to their diet – otherwise the eggshells will be thin.

    • Sheila says

      I use ground up dry egg shells for calcium – put them in a seperate dish for the chickens and they eat as much as they need, Just be careful that the shells are perfeclty dry before grinding up in the blender.

      Here in Mexico we have a lot of bird epidemics – which caused me to loose my first batch of chickens just as they were starting to lay ( VERY frustrating after babying them for 6 months ! ) so now I stick to a very strick vaccination schedule every 3 months.

      Another good thing to do if your chickens are limited with free ranging is to given them all the weeding you get from your garden – I also grow a long patch of alfalfa out of which I make a drink from for us ( cut off hanfdulls of top growth, put in blender with a little sugar, blend very well and strain. Add cold water, ice and some lemon juice and you have the healhyist drink possible ) the strained left over goes to the chickens who LOVE it. They also get a few handfuls of the fresh alfalfa daily and a handful of worms.

  11. Robin says

    Hi Shaye, I am really excited about your recipe. I have all of these ingredients in my machine shed and I put all of my 50 lb. bags of grain in cool containers to keep them all separated until I combine them daily. I was just curious if you (or anyone else) grinds their grain. It seems like my chickens are not the biggest of fans yet. I have also been fermenting this recipe – which they always went crazy over my fermented foods before, so I don’t really see a difference. To ferment, I have just been filling up this grain bucket with water and adding about a cup of kombucha and mixing it in and then it is ready about 24 hours later. I feed them the dry mix in the morning and the fermented in the afternoon.

  12. New to chickens says

    Where do you find your ingredients for those prices per pound? I have been looking on Azure website. but do you recommend an others. I appreciate your recipe and website thank you!

  13. Karen White says

    Are your sunflower seeds whole or hulled?? We are weighing the cost of making our own food. We haven’t ever feed them GMO laced food and we feel like they aren’t getting enough protein, so we are having to do more research. I don’t want to default to pre-made corn based food.

    • says

      one of the highest nutrition and least expensive feeds for them is actually green peas, highest in protein for all grains(I think it comes in at about 20% protein), and is pretty cheap, even for the organic type, for a treat we feed our fresh pea plant shoots in the cold weather months, also high in protein, pea shoot microgreens have approx $25 protein, more than chicken itself(crazy but true:-)

  14. Carrie says

    Have you done an analysis on the nutrient content vs. the regular layer pellets? I would love to try this as long as they are getting the nutrients they need to keep healthy and lay eggs.


  15. JP Edwards says

    Thank you for your recommendation of Azure Standard… I looked into it and was so pleased with the prices. I was going to place an order and was disheartened by the shipping cost. I decided to contact them on the off chance they might have a trucking stop and was thrilled that they do, and much closer than I would have imagined! I live in sw Colorado, in a very tiny town, so major happiness on that news! Turns out I will spend LESS for the same weight as the questionable feed from the store! Win-win! Thanks for the breakdown of cost as well as the recipe!

  16. Jennifer Elliott says

    I am wondering if your hens have started laying and if the feed has provided the necessary nutrients for strong shells and consistent laying?

  17. JP Edwards says

    To make things even better, I talked to the woman who coordinates the drop for Azure Standard and it turns out she found them only a couple of months ago based on your chicken feed post as well! Your influence is spreading!

  18. says

    I love your website, and am so glad I ran across it. In your above recipe, you mention “feeder oats”. I don’t see this on azure standard.. do you buy these at a farm supply store, or are they something else? Thanks!

    • says

      If you search oats on their website, you should find them. They may be under ‘chicken oats’ or ‘horse oats’ or something like that… I can’t quite remember… but yes, our farm supply store sells them too as feeder oats.

  19. says

    I have become part of a group in Arizona which pools our feed volume together so we pay wholesale pricing on USDA certified organic chicken feed. The organic feed I buy from them is a corn, soy and canola free organic feed for $26. However, there are over 30 types of feeds for different animals. This pricing a super low in the Phoenix area. With 20 chickens I am personally saving over $100/mo. Here is a link to the prices for anyone to compare:

  20. Sarah says

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE your blog!! We have 2 small kids close to your kids’ ages, and we are working towards similar goals as you, although you are much farther along than us! My question is, have you had any trouble with the grains in storage getting buggy? I am looking at doing this for our chickens, but I think some of the minimum purchase sizes from azure standard will be a years’ supply for our small flock, so I am a little worried they will get buggy or rot? What do you think?

  21. jo says

    Hi, could you feed this recipe to new born chicks but grind it up, and maybe add some water??? I am struggling to find an organic product (that is fish free) for new born chicks (hatched from an incubator) . Any help would be appreciated.

  22. Tamara says

    Azure is awesome! For those who don’t have the time or inclination to make their own chicken food, Azure also sells 40 lb bag of organic, soy free layer pellets for $22. Comes to $.55 lb. Worth it if you’re short on time. :-)

  23. Kendra says

    Hi Shaye!

    Will try and keep this comment condensed as I am excited to find this post and your site ;)

    My big question is, how is the fermenting with this mix going? I am also an Azure customer and have tried 2 of the 3 brands of chicken layer feed they carry with less then desirable results, mainly because of the offensive smell which I believe is due to the peas. So I had started giving some thought to making my own and keeping the peas and kelp out to add just before serving? Any thought would be appreciated. I had great success fermenting their starter and grower with wonderfully yummy smelling results, so don’t believe it’s due to not fermenting correctly ;)

    Anyway, I’ve loaded my Azure cart with all the ingredients you mentioned above and am looking forward to giving it a try ~ thanks so much for taking the homework out of this newest endeavor for me! Your’s was the 1st and only link I clicked on after searching for “homemade chicken feed” ~ for some reason I thought it was going to be harder than that, lol!

    Blessings ~ Kendra of Ramblin’ H Acres, KS

  24. says

    I love chickens and use to raise them when lived outside of city limits. Hate how we live in an agricultural area yet can’t have chickens within city limits YET a big city like Seattle can! Go fig! Anyhow… at the beginning of gardening season once the snow is gone from the ground allow your chickens free reign of your future garden. Their poop will make your garden amazing. I remember one year before we planted our chickens were allowed to scratch and peck all they wanted in our garden and late that summer we had the most amazing veggies. When we moved back within city limits our gardens never produced the same quality of crops regardless of how well maintained the garden was. Eventually we gave up because the garden needed those chickens and their poop to fertilize the ground naturally. Never had to use pesticides either because they ate the bugs around the garden (they were kept out of the garden itself). We only had tomato worms once and those green worms were a treat for my girls. I miss my chickens.

  25. JP says

    Help! I started feeding my chickens and two things are very apparent, they need twice the amount you list per day (I have 7 and quickly realized I would not be able to go less than 4c/day) and their egg production has slowly but surely dropped in half. I was getting average of 6/day before switching over and each week has dropped by about 1 egg per day average until now I am only getting 2-3/day… Organic is great to a point… They were getting feed of 20% protein before the switch and I am trying to add extra protein via raw milk, whey, or yogurt, or meat scraps, seems to help for a day or two immediately after feeding but still. Suggestions? Is there more protein in feeder oats than steel cut? I have had to improvise this last month because Azure Standard was out of feeder oats when my order was shipped last month. That is the only thing I can think of as what is different. Can chickens have plain ground peanuts? Wondering if that might help bump up the protein.

    • says

      Peanuts are ok, because uses ground peanuts in their feed. (They are not organic, but non-GMO.)

      Have you had any luck with your layers? I would like to try this feed, but don’t want to lessen egg production.

    • Sue Collins says

      One reason your egg production has gone down is the length of daylight. Unless you have your chickens under lights for 15 hours a day, they will slow down or even stop egg production. The other thing is feeding 20% protein is fine, but when you switched to the whole grains recipe which is about 15% protein, that drop probably also caused them to stop production. If I was going to feed whole grains without added protein, I would ferment it. Fermenting increases the protein in grains. Without adding some animal protein to bump up the protein of this grain mix, egg production will not be up to par. Chickens are omnivors and need certain amino acids in their diet. The authors chickens are not layers yet, and don’t need the higher protein that layers do. So, her mix most likely will not be satisfactory for laying chickens. Getting the animal protein for chickens on an organic feed is difficult and that adds a lot to the cost. Also at the time of the writing, the chickens were free ranging and supplementing their diet. I find that a large fowl chicken, needs 1/2 cup of feed a day. That would be about 1/6 lb. 15 chickens would need approx. 2.5 to 3 lbs a day.

  26. Kendra says

    You had mentioned above that you’ve started fermenting this mix and I’m wondering how that’s going? I’ve fermented other mixes with peas & kelp that when ripe were so smelly my chickens wouldn’t touch it. So am wondering about leaving those two out, possibly the lentils also, and just adding to the remaining that’s been fermented, just before serving? Would greatly appreciate hearing what your fermenting results have been :)

  27. Nikki says

    Hello! I am wondering if you know the protein level is in your chicken feed. I would love to feed my chickens this! And, I assume by now they are old enough to be laying eggs, are they good and consistently laying on your feed? Thanks! Love your blog! You inspire me!

  28. says

    I found your blog via a friend’s FB link a few weeks ago. We’ve been using a modified form of your feed for our poultry and they seem to be doing well on it. Thank you!

    I have one question, though. We are able to order from Azure, but I can’t find feeder oats. Is there another name by which they might be found? Thank you!

  29. Kristi says

    We just made your chickie food… we love Azure!. It seems as though eeverything went up iin price since last June. Are you noticing a price increase this winter. The lentils alone are $1.84 per pound. I still love that this recipe is soy free, (Our feed store Organic Layer is full of all sorts of bizzare ingredients including soy) A batch costs us $15.41 and with 2 roosters and 19 hens we are calculating about 14 batches per month totaling $220 per month. However maybe they dont go through this homemade food as fast as commercial food. We will see how this month goes and see if we can afford it. The best part so far was finding their old food all over the floor in the coop as they were trying to get to the new homemade goods at the top of the bucket. I suppose the fact that my family can consume any of the ingredients, as needed says something too. Thank you for being my homestead idol! I’m pretty sure we were meant to be neighbors.

  30. Lora says

    I love this post! I remembered seeing it, and searched for it so I could read it again now that we’re making plans for another laying flock. Thanks for sharing this! I copied it down and went to the Azure site to check prices. Not surprisingly, EVERYTHING has gone up. But the one that really struck me was the lentils! At the time of your post they were $.54 per pound….and now they’re $1.84! That’s a HUGE increase. And that was for the organic lentils. The regular ones are currently at $.57 per pound. I can’t imagine why the discrepancy is so big, but I was wondering….are you still using the organic ones in your own mix? Or have you switched to regular, or eliminated them altogether in favor of something else?

    Thanks again!

    • Samantha says

      I am running into the same problem with the lentils. I can buy organic feed for $0.66/lb so, with lentils being so expensive, it doesn’t make sense for me to do at this time :(

  31. Jessica Tinker says

    Wow, thanks for the recipe! We’re new to this and our first chicks are due to arrive around the end of February (we’ll be getting 8 total). I definitely want to feed them organic and when they’re old enough they will get to free range during the day. I’ve been searching all day for organic feed and it seems your recipe may be the best thing for us to follow. I’m not sure if I will start them on it or wait until they’re a couple weeks old. It all depends on if I can find any organic feed locally (doubtful). Thanks again for this great recipe and hopefully I can stop back and let you know if it worked out for us :)

  32. rachell says

    This might be a really dumb question… but what are ‘feeder oats?’ Very excited to see this recipe & how it breaks down cost-wise. Much less expensive than $37/50 lb bag of organic feed that we just got! Thanks so much.

  33. Beth says

    I love this article thanks for writing it. Is this recipe enough or do you still supplement with any sort of mash? Our girls are laying really well on the mash,hen scratch and greens we feed them so I’m a little worried to rock the boat but really like te idea of making my own feed. Would you supplement this recipe with anything else?

  34. Janine says

    Hi Shaye~!
    Just found your blog and love it! I went through Azure’s website and priced the ingredients for the chicken feed and my total came out to about $1.00 per pound of finished chicken feed. I’m sad b/c I would love to make my own but our local Farm Supply sells organic for less than that. Any hints or shortcuts to making it more cost effective?

  35. Brittany says

    Just wanted to say you lifted my spirits with this article. Seeing you write that you’d wanted chickens for years before God led them to you gave me hope. I’ve been praying and wanting chickens for almost a year now, so now I know to not give up. It’ll come sooner or later just like it did for you. So thank you for the reminder that God will give us what we ask Him for. And I’ll definitely be using this feed recipe when I finally get my chickens! :)

  36. s says

    I didn’t read the comments, but I thought you might want to add for those who don’t know that the chickens will need grit and a source of calcium for the layers. Thanks for the great recipe.

  37. Nicole says

    I was wondering, I know you were buying your feed for your meat chickens. Are you still doing that or have you started making your own yet? If you have started making your own could we possibly get your recipe for that? And how are your hens liking the fermented feed?

  38. Hayley says

    At long last we recently purchased our plot of land in the country, and are so excited to start our first flock of layers this spring! I cannot tell you how happy I am to come across your website – this post particularly. We love the idea of feeding our flock food we could eat ourselves and just KNEW there had to be a good recipe out there somewhere! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for sharing your recipe AND your supplier. :)

  39. Elise says

    No need to sacrifice your worms. You can use raw meat scraps in a 5 gallon pail with 3/8″ holes drilled in the bottom and sawdust on the top (smells a bit) to add bugs to your chicken’s diet in the summer. Hang your bucket from the shady side of the chicken house with a lid on. Fish scraps, roadkill, entrails, it all grows maggots which have a homing instinct to pupate in the earth so they fall out the bottom and the chickens eat them. Extreme recycling.

  40. Kaare says

    Wow! I am really impressed at the low cost you have found for your feed grains! The best I can find around here are triple that cost if not more. Any suggestions on finding organic/non-gmo animal feed grade grains and seeds in northern MN?

  41. says

    I’ve seen many questions asking about how your hens are laying on this feed, but no answer. So how are they laying? Do you still have 15 chickens and how many eggs are you getting a day?

      • says

        What exactly is great? Do you know your ROL (Rate of Lay)? If you’ve got 15 hens laying, anything under 75% or 11 eggs a day is not that good.

        Another poster wrote about the need for protein and especially animal protein, for chickens as they can not synthesize some amino acids from plant protein. A different poster wrote their rate of lay dropped right off using this recipe. (Granted maybe they were not using lights in winter)

        It has been my concern with recipes that they do not cover all the birds’ nutritional needs. Having, during our first year, dealt with the horrible results of poor or insufficient nutrition, I am very hesitant to use these recipes without concrete proof (ROL or lb/wt/bird/time for meat birds) of results. I almost never see this sort of info. That is why I asked. Can you, a year later, supply this info?

        I am very interested in not using soy in a feed, but I do want to know it will provide what we need for our production birds.

        Also, the prices you quoted, did they include the shipping for Azure?

        I’ll thank you now for the time you take to provide this info.

  42. Mayme says

    I noticed you linked your kelp coming from amazon. Just in case you aren’t aware, azure sells an organic feed grade kelp that I use that ends up only costing $1.60/lb once I factor in the fees for my particular drop point (azure drop points vary in the fee % depending on how large a volume your location usually has). much cheaper than the current amazon price of $14/lb !

  43. Heidi Wilson says

    Does this work as a laying feed? The feed we buy is specifically for laying chickens and I want to be able to substitute this instead and still get eggs.

  44. Cindi says

    I was very excited to find this and planned to start right away. I cannot find prices ANYWHERE near what you are paying. Is that current?

  45. Amanda says

    Hi! Is there any way that you could include the Azure Standard product numbers for the ingredients, as well as how many bags of the smaller quantity things (like lentils, flax and sesame seeds) that you purchase at a time so that you do not run out of one thing prematurely? Thanks!

  46. Amanda says

    Thes reason I am asking is because as I am working on putting together my Azure order I am finding much different prices per pound than what is listed here. For example, hard red wheat is $43.20 for a 50 lb bag and organic lentils are $51.55 for only 25 lbs! This does not equal .26 and .54 a lb…??? Please clarify and maybe post item numbers so I can see where you are finding these for this price per lb…. Thank you! :)

    • says

      I’m having the same problem…not finding my cost with Azure to be the same as what is list here. I don’t have my chickens just yet, still finishing the coop, but wanted to get my food ordered. My sister and I are both going to try this recipe but were hoping cost would be lower. For the 2 items mentioned above (organic hard red wheat and lentils) I am getting $.86/lb and $2.06/lb….not $.26 and $54. Help please!!

    • says

      Amanda, If you look at the 5lb. lentils from Azure… you can actually buy those cheaper per pound that way! If you want 25lbs, just order 5 of the 5lbs. ;) Its like 1.97 per pound that way. I’m not sure you’ll find it cheaper than that elsewhere!

  47. Jessica says

    Do your chickens actually eat the corn? Mine won’t touch the stuff unless it’s crushed first. Weird.

  48. says

    Hey Shaye, is there a difference between yellow and green split peas? Are both kinds okay for them? Have you ever tried both, if so do they prefer one over the other? Thanks! :)

  49. Sarah says

    Got my very first chicks today! I plan to use this recipe, but while they are babies, do you have a recipe for them? I am new, but I don’t want to stay with starter from the store if I can help it.

  50. Laird Bean says

    Thank you for this info! Could anyone tell me how I could modify this recipe for chicks? I’m getting a new batch soon but don’t want to give them anything but organic/non-GMO. Thanks.

  51. Marta says

    I am highly allergic to wheat and gluten and now have become allergic to our eggs–I both tested positive and have severe symptoms. The chickens have been eating wheat and so I’m sure that changes the composition of the egg protein. Gloves won’t do the trick here. Can we add more pea protein, sunflower seeds, etc. to substitute? What I’m asking bottom line, is this: Do chickens need wheat?
    Thanks so much.

  52. Cindy Ogle says

    The recipe say 3/4 cup kelp granules or 1/2 oz. When I measured out 1/2 oz it was only about 2 T. So which one do I go by? Thanks!

  53. Lena says

    Are feeder oats and oat groats the same thing. I’m trying to buy the items for this recipe and I can’t find any clarification on this ingredient. TIA

  54. Cori says

    I am really confused at your links for each ingredient. I click on the link and it takes me to a product that is quite a bit more per pound than you have listed. I’m having a hard time finding the same prices you listed on Azure. Also, did you factor shipping as a cost as well? I’m trying to decide if making my own feed with cost and time involved will really make a difference with the costs I’ve found for each ingredient. The hard red wheat link you gave shows the cost as $1.24/lb and you listed what you pay as .26 cents/lb. That’s changes the .81/day cost considerably!!! Please help me understand how I can get the same prices as you. Thank you, Cori

    • says

      Cori, you’ll notice from all the other comments on this post that the prices DO VARY greatly – day to day, state to state. These were the prices of the goods when I wrote this post, through Azure Standard, which was last June. Since then, many of their prices have gone up which would require a complete recalculation of cost. It’s really up to each person to talk to their local feed suppliers, mills, Azure (or other online companies like them) to see what they can find. It’s so variable.

  55. Jen C says

    This blog post is from almost exactly a year ago. I am wondering if you are still using this feed? If so how is the health of your layers? Are they laying well? How did you come up with these ration ratios? I am currently looking to get off my commercial organic feed after dealing with nutritional deficiency issues…

  56. Teresa says

    Thanks Jared, that is helpful since I plan on going through Azure. I do feel strongly about not eating anything from the sea since Fukoshima, however, and that rules kelp out for me. What would be a good replacement for Kelp?

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