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Chicken feed - I'm going for it

 
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Hello there! I saw this awesome video of a guy making feed pellets from grass clippings (I hoped not treated grass😳). Making feed was a thing I have been wanting to do, but I could figure out how to grow all the ingredients. You guys mentioned a 3 part ration (greens, bugs, grains), and my chickens certainly enjoyed it, plus the best eggs we've ever had.
I'm getting a pellet mill and gonna give it a try with grasses (grazing field mix) and seeds/grains. I'll see about trying mealworms again. Nutrition Data (website) has this great recipe creator that will give you the nutritional label. If anyone is interested I can post the results, and I would appreciate feedback, experiences and kind opinions 😊. And if anyone has links to vet or professional production references, those are welcome too.
 
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very cool.
it reminds me of many many years ago I did a story about Louisiana pride catfish company. they had an extruder and made their own catfish pellets to feed the ponds with. kind of like a giant meat grinder, not that complicated and really awesome stuff. but I have always had a keen interest in mechanical stuff.
 
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Yes please post your results, I have fed chickens and ducks a home made mix, the ducks did grow and the old breed chickens continued laying, but the red american chickens (production layers) couldn't cope with it, and the next batch of ducklings that were fed a commercial concentrated feed grew much faster and put on more fat than the first batch. I obviously didn't get my mix right, part of the problem I think was that they would NOT eat the alfalfa pellets which were there to bring up the protein content.
 
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any pictures of pellet mill?
not to go off topic but it might not be so.
there is a pretty good size sawmill nearby and they have mountains of sawdust.
I had this crazy idea of trying to maybe make a machine to press sawdust into pellets for use in stoves or oven or something like that.
 
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bruce Fine wrote:any pictures of pellet mill?
not to go off topic but it might not be so.
there is a pretty good size sawmill nearby and they have mountains of sawdust.
I had this crazy idea of trying to maybe make a machine to press sawdust into pellets for use in stoves or oven or something like that.



You can buy machines that do that, so you should be able to find plans somewhere. Round here they are normally PTO machines so that saves needing an engine.
 
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Tavonna Nira Sivertsen wrote:Nutrition Data (website) has this great recipe creator that will give you the nutritional label. If anyone is interested I can post the results, and I would appreciate feedback, experiences and kind opinions 😊. And if anyone has links to vet or professional production references, those are welcome too.



Great site for information about human food, but I found it lacking when you stray from the list of things people eat. Bugs in particular are hard to find nutritional information for. At best, some places tell you the amounts of fat, protein, and fiber in the bugs. But if you want to know the exact trace mineral levels, that's harder to find.
 
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re using grass in your pellets - that rings alarm bells for me.

I recently had to autopsy one of our birds that got ill and died over 48 hours. I discovered that she had guzzled grass clipping and they had tangled and impacted in her gizzard. It was completely impacted and she was unable to swallow.

While they may get some nutritional benefit from grass, they are unable to digest the cellulose and fibers may cause what I saw.
 
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Sorry for the delay!
Here's the video and photo of the model I will be going with

bruce Fine wrote:any pictures of pellet mill?
not to go off topic but it might not be so.
there is a pretty good size sawmill nearby and they have mountains of sawdust.
I had this crazy idea of trying to maybe make a machine to press sawdust into pellets for use in stoves or oven or something like that.




 
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So true. I am looking that up since meal worms are a big thing in Europe now. So I am thinking I will find a more detailed list. Our tractor supply has strict rules on labeling feed contents to include macro/micronutrients. So I'm gonna contact them since I recently saw they added large bags of mealworms.

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Tavonna Nira Sivertsen wrote:Nutrition Data (website) has this great recipe creator that will give you the nutritional label. If anyone is interested I can post the results, and I would appreciate feedback, experiences and kind opinions 😊. And if anyone has links to vet or professional production references, those are welcome too.



Great site for information about human food, but I found it lacking when you stray from the list of things people eat. Bugs in particular are hard to find nutritional information for. At best, some places tell you the amounts of fat, protein, and fiber in the bugs. But if you want to know the exact trace mineral levels, that's harder to find.

 
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Understandably so. The pellets here are far more processed. Chickens aren't supposed to eat grass clippings. I am not sure why your chicken did that - poor dear. Mine are particular to only snip the tips off of grass. From a video I saw once on YouTube, feeding blades of grass like fodder generally comes with the warning that whole grass blades should not be served to chickens.
I'm planning a mixture of grassed (which becomes completely pulverized in the pelletizer), along with the grains and dried meal worms. I'm utterly excited as I have made some blends I think work well with my chickens that are based on the seasonal variety of food they would eat if foraging.

Michael Cox wrote:re using grass in your pellets - that rings alarm bells for me.

I recently had to autopsy one of our birds that got ill and died over 48 hours. I discovered that she had guzzled grass clipping and they had tangled and impacted in her gizzard. It was completely impacted and she was unable to swallow.

While they may get some nutritional benefit from grass, they are unable to digest the cellulose and fibers may cause what I saw.

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