The Best Chicken Feed

by Izy

Welcome to my guide on choosing the Best Chicken Feed for your chickens, an article in my series Raising Chickens for Beginners.

In this article we are going over a few different ways save money feeding your chickens, as well as what is the best chicken feed you need for different chickens.

What kind of chickens do you have? Layers? Meat birds? Chicks?

Whatever kind they are, they need to eat. Shopping for feed can be hard, if you walk into a store they will have all sorts of chicken feed that say they are the best, but is it really that great just because it says it is?

Just because it says it makes them grow big or fast doesn't mean its actually good for them.

So What is the best chicken feed for your chickens?


There really is no all around best chicken feed, because different chickens need different kinds of feed.

Layers are going to need laying mash with all of the proper nutrients to help with egg production, but they also need to feel full or else they will be agitated,  chicks will need chick starter as well.

Meat birds will grow better with chicken broiler feed, but broiler feed can be expensive.  

I found that giving layers and meat birds a mixture of oats, barley, sunflower seeds, or just birdseed and mash will fill them up without being too expensive.

Chicks can be fed grower when they are 8 weeks and if they are layers they can switch to layer mash when they start to lay, or around 18-20 weeks, depending on the breed.

As for buying the chicken feed, you can buy it straight from grain mills nearby, that is sometimes cheaper, they will probably have all the different kinds of chicken feed you need there.

They will have mixes made especially for different kinds of birds, and most of the time they will be right, but you may want to research before buying and look through the ingredients.

When you buy laying mash, organic is a little more expensive, and sometimes harder to find locally, but it will improve your chickens mood and help have healthier chicks, better eggs, and meat.

If you can't buy organic chicken feed I still have a rule I like to follow, if you can't see what's in your food, don't eat it.

The same goes for your chickens, the strange brown crumble they sell in stores I always avoid, I also like to see the what is in the feed before purchasing it, if possible.

Fermenting and Sprouting 

The best chicken feed for your chickens can cost even less, the seed and grains can be fermented to last longer and fill up your chickens faster.  

Just put it in buckets with enough water to cover the grain plus a little extra and put lids on them.

We always do this in the warmer seasons, and we let the chickens out during the day to forage, and you can give them kitchen scraps too.

They will just about eat anything!

Just be careful not to feed your chickens too much of any one thing.

You can also sprout oats and other grains, just leave them in buckets with enough water for them to soak up, you may have to experiment a little, and wait to see the little white sprouts coming from the seeds.

You can leave them for longer as well, until you start to see green.

As you can see, there are a lot of options for feeding your chickens naturally.

Now that you can feed your chickens, you should check out my other Raising Chickens for Beginners articles!


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