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Old 12-24-2012, 03:23 PM
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Default Grinding corn for chicken feed question

I have 30 chickens that are needed for egg production.
I have been trying to come up with ideas for cheaper feed costs.
I can buy whole corn kernals from a farmer locally at less price than the
feed store. I know chickens can eat the corn as is, but I am thinking cracked
corn might be the best way to go. Which is what I have been feeding them
in a scratch grain. They also get layer crumbles.

So I am researching a tool for cracking the corn. I could buy a hand grinder
that would work for small quanities. Maybe a quart or two per day as needed.

Then I am reading today and come to the conclusion that there is a
milling attachment for a champion juicier. I own one of these juicers.
I got lucky this summer and found one used at a bargain price in like new
condition. A real work horse
So I go the champion website and find this page.
http://www.championjuicer.com/product_info.php?http://www.championjuicer.com/product_info.php?cPath=4&products_id=3
No where in the description does it say it can do corn.
Which is what I would be needing it for.
So does anyone have one of these attachments and use it for field corn ?

We don't have the space to store large quanities of grain. So it would not be
feasible for me to work any kind of deal with a regular grain mill.
One of my son's thinks he can get me a few 55 gallon metal drums.
The plan is to store grain in them for the chickens. I hope to add
maybe another 10-20 hens to the current flock size. I raise all my own
replacments from our birds.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:07 PM
ldsparamedic Male ldsparamedic is offline
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Default Feed storage

Definately go with the 55 gallon drums for your feed storage. I tried using the poly drums and had mice chew through them. I stored my full drums in my chicken coop and set the nesting boxes on top of them. It was low tech but worked.
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:12 AM
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Wasn't it Einstein who proved in his Theory of Special Relativity that "Time Is Money?"

Considering how little chickens eat, how much money can you save, even for a flock of 40, by buying private treaty field corn and cracking it yourself over the course of a year? Don't forget to add in the cost of the gizmo, your time, energy costs and repair costs. [And what was in those 50 gal drums before you got them?]

More importantly, in my experience, I throw down oil seeds, oats, sweet feed and cracked corn for my 20 hens, and they usually leave the corn behind.
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