This week I have been reading about supplementing my flocks feed with ingredients that will benefit them and me. Because my chickens are picky, I have to experiment before diving head first into the project. The other day I mixed up a new concoction to feed to them along with their food that they have free access to.
Here is what I put in it:
2 cups of layer food
1 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of cracked corn
1/4 cup of oats
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
2 tablespoons of flax seeds
2 leaves of lavender
sprinkle of dill
pinch of parsley
sprinkle of garlic powder
I mixed all of these together and put a scoop in their PVC feeder, they love it! This is a very nutritional mix, which I hope will boost egg production.
Oats are full of protein and fiber. It is a good source of antioxidants and B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and choline. They are also a good source of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, florine, and zinc. Some say, that, when added to chick starter, it makes for healthier stronger chicks.
Sunflower seeds are another good source of B and E vitamins. They are also full of magnesium, copper, antioxidants, and are anti-inflammatory and boost cardiovascular health.
Flax seeds are very beneficial, increasing the level of omega-3s in an egg and improves egg production. They benefit overall health, improve feathers, and help the hens keep a healthy weight.
Garlic is a natural insect repellent and wormer. It controls manure odor, increases the white blood cell count, and helps the respiratory and immune systems of the bird. Garlic has even been said to improve the feed conversion ratio (the measure of an animals efficiency of converting feed mass into body mass).
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is actually crushed skeletons of diatoms. It is both an internal and external parasite controller and keeps bugs out of stored fee. DE helps increase the egg shells weight and thickness and improves egg production.
Dill is an antioxidant and helps repel insects. It helps with respiratory health and is anti-diarrheal.
Lavender is a stress reliever and is highly aromic. It increases blood circulation and can also be used as an insect repellent.
Parsley is full of vitamins, especially the B vitamin choline. It helps with blood vessel development and is a laying stimulant.
Next time I make it I am hoping to add cayenne pepper, which increases blood circulation helping the hens to lay better in the winter, and oregano. Oregano is a natural wormer and antibiotic. Studies are also being done that show it could possibly combat E. coli and Salmonella.
Have a great weekend!