The Feed to Achieve the Bionic Egg!

Farm Fresh Friday

I follow several backyard chicken blogs. Recently, one posted “The Breakfast of Champion Layer” feed. The recipe made me curious. I had to see if I could find the ingredients locally and what the cost would be for this area and finally, if I saw any benefits in my girls. There are several farm supplies around town. The one with the best prices is definitely Steve Regan. The draw back with this store though is it doesn’t have retail hours. It’s only open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. For a working girl, that’s me, those hours don’t necessary accommodate my schedule. I mean, in order to get there, I’d have to schedule it during my lunch hour. So for me, that takes some planning — as I usually like to eat during my lunch hour. The store is worth the inconvenience. The other three farm supply stores are pretty comparable in prices to each other. You should watch the sales, but for the most part they will be within a few dollars of each other. Another benefit of Steve Regan store is the protein content of the layer bag. It is 18 percent protein. The other stores carry the 18 percent in the all flock feed, but it’s even more expensive than what I have listed here. What I couldn’t find locally in the recipe, I mail ordered (Amazon Prime comes in handy for these occasions).

The Feed Barrel

In my normal routine, I just buy two 50 pound bags of layer pellets and two 50 pound bags of scratch. This runs me about $70 every three months. This also fits nicely in the feed barrel. This ratio is not recommended. I’ve since learned hens need more protein for better egg production, so I wanted to give this recipe a try and see how the cost compared to my current routine.

The LootHere is the recipe as it was published on the blog, Fresh Eggs Daily. I will provide my notes below this recipe.

Qty

Ingredient Cost

Store

1 50 lb. bag Layer Crumble

$14.50

Steve Regan
1 Large canister Old-fashioned Oats

$3.94

Walmart
2 c Cracked Corn (omit in summer or give less)

$0.33

Steve Regan
4 c Shelled Sunflower Seeds

$3.60

Amazon
1 lb Omega Ultra Egg

$2.00

Tractor Supply Co.
1.5 c Thomas Labs Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic Powder

$1.69

Amazon
1.5 c Probiotic Powder

$5.15

Amazon
1.5 c Diatomaceous Earth

$0.13

Steve Regan
1 c Sea Kelp

$2.83

Amazon
Handful of mixed dried herbs

Total

$34.17

NOTES:

  1. I do not use the layer crumble, I use pellets. The hens make a mess of the crumble and a majority of it seemed wasted. It only took me one lesson on this mistake on this — that’s irritated I was over this. So, I get the pellets. It is the same cost per bag.
  2. I buy my oats in bulk from the health food store, so I didn’t actually purchase any for this recipe. Another option would be to purchase it from the feed store as well. The bulk rate would bring the cost down considerably.
  3. I also purchased the raw sunflower seeds in bulk from Nature’s Market in Washington, Utah. They will not post prices though, so you will have to compare on your own.
  4. The Tractor Supply had the Omega Ultra Egg on sale, so this cost will need to be adjusted as the situation changes.
  5. No cost  on the dried herbs, I just used herbs I dried from my garden.
  6. PLEASE NOTE: These prices were pulled around the time of this post. Obviously, they will change, but this should give you a general idea of cost.

Here is the breakdown to purchase all the items to make the recipe. Some of the items will have product left-over for for the next batch.

Ingredient Cost Store
50 lb. bag Layer Crumble

$14.50

Steve Regan
Large canister Old-fashioned Oats

$3.94

Walmart
Cracked Corn (omit in summer or give less)

$8.35

Steve Regan
Shelled Sunflower Seeds

$10.79

Amazon
Omega Ultra Egg

$11.99

Tractor Supply
Thomas Labs Brewer’s Yeast and Garlic Powder

$25.31

Amazon
Probiotic Powder

$5.15

Amazon
Diatomaceous Earth

$9.65

Steve Regan
Sea Kelp

$2.83

Amazon
Handful of mixed dried herbs

Total

$153.02

So if you want to give this a try, here is your shopping list and approximately what you will spend at each store. This does not include taxes and shipping costs.

Steve Regan

·       50 lb layer pellets

·       50 lb cracked corn

·       25 lb diatomaceous earth

$32.50

Amazon (follow the links)

·       Sunflower Seeds

·       Thomas Labs Brewer’s Yeast & Garlic Powder

·       Probiotic Powder

·       Sea Kelp

$104.59

Tractor Supply

·       Omega Ultra Egg

$11.99

Walmart

·       Canister of Old Fashion Oats

$3.94

Total

$153.02

The GirlIt took a day for the girls take a liking to the new recipe. Scratch is considered a treat and the ratio I was using practically gave them a treat in every bite (or peck). They would move their beak around in the feeder, pushing the pellets away to get to the grain. Girls! So, yeah, this recipe pretty much put them in shock. This will be healthier for them though and bring better egg production. They have been on it for about a month — so far; so good. As a side note, it takes about 1.5 pounds of feed a week per laying hen. So, this recipe should feed about 6 hens for about 5 weeks. Unless you’re like me and also feeding the entire neighborhood of free-loading birds…then you better deduct a week or two.

Anyone have a special recipe they follow? Who’s going to try this one out? Please let me know how it works for you.

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