Most Popular Chicken Feed
There are several different types of chicken feed that can be used when feeding chickens, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Chicken feeding is probably the biggest contributor the health of the chickens (ahead of the chicken coops) and you can spend quite a lot of money of organic chicken feed and comparatively little on ‘regular’ chicken feed. Having healthy chickens is the key to producing good quality eggs and meat. Read on to find out about chicken feed used when feeding chickens. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Types of Chicken Feed
- Chicken scratch is a commercial chicken feed that is made primarily from whole grains and cracked corn. It is quite popular as a staple chicken feed used during chicken feeding but it doesn’t have much in the way of nutrition. This chicken feed is high in fat and fairly low in protein so it is best to supplement it with something else when feeding chickens.
- Green leaves such as lettuce, grass or garden weeds can be excellent to use when feeding chickens. Leftovers such as salad or vegetables make excellent items for chicken feeding; free range chickens graze on grass, also referred to as greens.
- Soybeans are a very good supplement to chicken scratch chicken feed as they are very high in protein. Before chicken feeding, it is best to boil the soybeans. You can also make an excellent chicken feeding mixture by adding oatmeal, milk and sunflower seeds.
- Pellets are probably the most popular type of chicken feed. The ingredients of this chicken feed can vary but it generally contains ground corn, soybean meal, rice bran and protein. The protein can come from poultry feathers or other ingredients which makes some people unsure about feeding chickens this. Organic chicken feed of this variety features vegetable protein and feeding chickens this is a very good way of ensuring that they stay healthy. Organic chicken feed is however more expensive that other types of chicken feed.
- Mash is an umbrella term for various types of chicken feed and it covers many ingredients that have been ground up. Generally, the same ingredients that are found in the pellets used for chicken feeding are present in mash. You can also get organic chicken feed versions of mash which will cost more money.