Rationing chicken feed

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  1. Leadchunker

    Leadchunker Member

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    Went to the farm store today to get chicken feed. Store has a two bag limit per customer. Two bags ain’t feeding all my chickens for a month.
     
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    Go back tomorrow and get two more. Or send the wife if you think they’ll recognize you.
     
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    Go back and pick up a few bags of pellet hog feed. They will love it and keep right on laying. Ask me how I know.
     
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    And I promise you they'll eat and enjoy horse feed in pellets, sweet mix, etc.
     
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    Ever try fermenting your chicken feed? It lasts a lot longer that way.

    That being said, chickens will eat most anything. Horse feed, hog feed, table scraps, etc.
     
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    Rabbit feed...
     
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    I've seen them eat raw fish (trash fish) we caught from the river.
    Then they ate the bugs that came for the fish juice.
     
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    Were preppers so we have enough feed for 6 months easy. We were just getting our normal amount and two bags for our sons chickens. Good to know about the other feeds.
     
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    Table scraps are a good way to add to their feed. They'll eat just about anything, between my moms chickens and her cats I don't think anything but literal trash gets thrown away. Peelings from veggies/fruits, stake cereal, left over rice, any stale bread, etc.

    You can ferment it like was mentioned above to, just if you have a big barrel of cracked corn fermenting you might want to make sure you don't have a "water distillation device" nearby if you have nosy neighbors. Better yet, don't have nosy neighbors!
     
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    spittinfire Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    What do you store your feed in long term?


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    The chickens...................................................................................................................... sorry, I just couldn't pass that one up....
     
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    Free range em, mine used to love turning over the compost pile and hunting for bugs
     
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    Yeah they will sure piss off your MIL for playing in the flower beds!
     
  14. Leadchunker

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    Metal trash cans off the ground and silicone sealant on the handles. Was using pickle barrels but they didn’t seal well.
     
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    We've always used these type of rings on 55 gallon drums to store feed since I was a kid. Have a couple of the lever type for the barrels we've been using to get feed from and use the bolt type for the ones that are just storing feed. You can use a big contractors outdoor garbage bag as a liner. Put them under a lean too or in a shed so they're not in direct sunlight and they wont sweat enough to harm the food. Stand them up on 3 concrete blocks and it's easier to reach into the bottom of the barrel, plus it keeps them from rusting. If you run a bead of silicone around the lip of the lid they'll seal tight enough to keep out ants, etc as well. Nothing short of a bear will get into them.

    http://www.yankeecontainers.com/c/b...s/lever-lock-ring-and-bolt-ring-side-by-side/

    As my mom has gotten older she's keeping one of these near her chicken pens to save her from walking around as much, they hold about 2 weeks worth of feed for her animals so someone just keeps that refilled for her. Look around and you can find them cheaper.

    https://sddrums.com/product/plastic-14g-ot-screw-food-used/
     
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    Large metal trash cans lined with 2 contractor grade bags. Like said above you have to seal the handles. If you have some shifty raccoons and possums you can bungee down the lids.