Locally Sourced Chicken Feed
Posted Jan 5, 2023 ~ by Bruce Robinson
We ask a lot of our chickens. The ancestor of the modern chicken, the Red Jungle Fowl, lays from 10 to 14 eggs a year —enough to continue the species; a good modern layer hen can produce 300 or more eggs a year; and a slow-growing broiler can grow to 4 or 5 pounds in 3 months. Nutrient needs for this kind of production are high. It is possible, though, with a community effort to produce a poultry feed ration sufficiently nutrient dense to support our local needs. Chicken are the quintessential omnivores. There are a few things they won’t or shouldn’t eat. Generally, they will eat just about anything and everything. Our responsibility is to make sure they have an optimal amount of protein and essential nutrients. We could meet this demand by working cooperatively... click button below for full story in the January Newsletter.