Chicken feed in South Africa has become ridiculously expensive and a lot of chicken farmers faces this battle on a daily basis as chickens that are reaching slaughter point, eat around 83 cents of feed per day. If you sit with chickens that you cant sell, you are burning money at an extremely fast rate. On this page we will discuss How you can save on Chicken Feed.
If you have land Use it!
If you have enough land the first and most obvious method is to switch your chicken (broiler) farming business to a free range chicken farming business. Chickens get immense protein from insects and by scrubbing for worms. Your growth process will be longer, up to 75 days to be exact before the chickens are slaughter ready. Measuring the growth rate time vs feeding cost you save roughly 33% on Feeding cost. By doing so, you will have a bigger, healthier and stronger chicken that can also endure a longer travelling distance and that can handle the traveling stress much better than a caged chicken. Don’t be mistaken with the idea that the meat would be tougher, it just as tender as a intensive farmed chicken, but taste even better.
Make your own Feed
Making your own feed is a costly startup buy if you are serious about saving money on feed cost you will start getting a return on your investment in less than a year. You need to get a proper hammer-mil and buy grains in bulk. If you are doing this on a big scale you will have to get 50 kg bags and get them sowed up once you are finished milling your grain mix. You also need storage space that are free from rats and other insects.
Making your own feed can bring cos’t down with almost 45% and will secure your feed supply in cases of drought, traveling issues and yes, Lockdown.
Read how to make your Own Chicken Feed
Get cheaper chicken feed
Another alternate method is to visit your local Agri and ask or negotiate a price for their sifted grains. Agricultural Stores are always there to help and most of the time happy to get rid of the sifted grains as they do not have many purpose for that. The down side is that the grains has a lot of caps in the produce that you buy and need to be sifted again on your farm. This is really a cheap method of giving feed to your chickens and a good way to give them high protein.
Farm with worms to help feed your chickens
Earthworms has 60% plus protein and is a great way to feed chickens if you only have grain to feed them. If you don’t have worms around your area you can buy them online or visit your local pet shop to find out where you can get hold of some worms. Earthworms are easy to farm with and don’t ask a lot when it comes to feeding time. You can use kitchen scraps like potato peels, carrots and other vegetables to feed them. Earthworms cycle reproduces every 10 days and if you go big with worm farming you will always have extra feed for your chickens. I will do an article on how to farm with earthworms soon.
Is there a Free way to feed chickens?
The ideal will be not to feed chickens and make a 100% profit with your farming business. Unfortunately it does not work that way even if you are a true free range chicken farmer
How many bags of Chicken Starter per 100 day old Chicks?
One 50 kg chicken starter should be the the right amount for 100 chicks and should last exactly two weeks. The last two days start mixing Chicken – Grower in your mix to get them acquainted with the bigger chunks of chicken feed.
Can I make my own Chicken Feed?
There is no reason not to make your own Chicken Feed. If you have an Agri that sells grains such as Barley, Wheat, Soya and Lupine seed you can crush it an make your own chicken feed. However you need to get the balance right. I will share the recipe in another post.
How you can save on Chicken Feed – 4 Methods that work
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