Monday, January 21, 2013

Feeding - Cafeteria Style

I've realized that determining the proper ingredients and proportions for chicken feed may be above my pay grade.  Instead of mixing the perfect ration, I was introduced to a method called cafeteria feeding.  Even if I cannot determine the proportions of each ingredient needed to sustain the proper nutrition for layers, the birds can find what they need from the food made available.

Over the next month, we will seclude 12 hens to test this method with local ingredients and an abundance of treated water.  Depending on the season, local feed could include crushed corn, millet, rice, sorghum, barley, wheat, bean meal, peas, fish meal, and dried leaves from the moringa tree to provide minerals and vitamins.  If the trial period proves successful, this could greatly reduce our dependance on imported feed and reduce production costs, therefore increasing profit. 

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