Make an all in one animal feed to feed all your farm animals
Everything is so expensive! Can I get an Amen? Food products are so untrustworthy. I am still shocked about the recent problems with hen feed and hens laying reduction. I have been making my DIY homemade animal feed for a few years. The good thing is its an all in one feed. It is a homemade chicken feed, homemade hog feed, and it is a homemade dairy cow feed. It is too bad the dogs and cats wont eat it. All the grains I buy come from Azure Standard.
Whole barley with its outer hull can provide for 70-80% of total digestible nutrients with 7-10% protein. If feeding whole barley to ruminants it needs to be soaked to prevent bloat.
Azure mixed wheat is a mixture of Hard Red Winter and/or Spring wheat. Wheat contains 11-15% protein.
Field peas are going to be high in protein so I use less than the whole grains. Protein macros for field peas are 19.6%.
Whole oats are highly nutritious with a high content of fat at 6%. Oats contain 8% fiber and 13%protein.
Sorghum milo is and excellent animal feed to substitute for corn. Milo has a crude protein of 9%, crude fat of 2.5%, and crude fiber of 3%.
Ratios I use for my homemade farm animal feed
The ratios for my animal feed mix are as follows 4lbs of barley, 4lbs of mixed wheat, 2lbs of field peas, 4lbs of oats, and 2lbs of sorghum milo. At this ratio, it yields around 13% protein. I layer this combination in a larger trash can. This blend is just the base of what the farm animals eat daily, so you build from here. Make sure you soak the grains for optimal nutrition and ease of digestion. Fill your feed bucket of dry grain with water and add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and a glug (2 tablespoons of so) of molasses. I also use dried kelp for micronutrients and 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds for added fat. Let the animal feed soak at least 12 hours before feeding it to the animals.