Archive for Over the Gate Join in for a friendly chat over the gate about home and country matters. (Nominated Charity The British Heart Foundation)
 


       Over the Gate Forum Index -> On the Smallholding
bodger

Today?

Today will see me out on the road in my van and trailer.
First of all, I'll be taking Dot the GOS sow back up the road to Colwyn Bay to see the boar again. Unfortunately, she came back into season after her last visit.And then after that, I'll continue up the A55 to Bodelwyddan, where I'll fill the then empty trailer with wheat and oats.
I'm down to pick up ten bags of each at four pounds a bag. This represents quite a saving compared to pig food and chicken food, so at least I'll be making the most out of what will be a fairly long round trip.
British Red

Interesting on the wheat. Do you feed pellets as well? Or what else do you add in for chook feed?
bodger

The hens are on 50% wheat and 50% layers pellets. I also mill some of my own pig food using wheat, barley, oats, soya meal and pig minerals.
British Red

I'm guessing they must thrive on it then. Mine love wheat but I have limited it to treats, I guess I can be more generous!
Rena

British Red wrote:
I'm guessing they must thrive on it then. Mine love wheat but I have limited it to treats, I guess I can be more generous!


If you 'soak' the wheat over night in hot water... It is easier for the hens to digest, and also it will extend the life of your supply.

I feed a combination of rolled barley, whole wheat and whole oats. Soak it over night and never have any left over at the end of feeding time (at the ratio of 2qts barley, 1 qt each wheat and oat to 15 layers, 2 turkeys and one old granny miniature duck). When I soak it overnight the grain volume doubles in size. My birds always act like they're getting only treats each time I feed
confused

Rena wrote:
British Red wrote:
I'm guessing they must thrive on it then. Mine love wheat but I have limited it to treats, I guess I can be more generous!


If you 'soak' the wheat over night in hot water... It is easier for the hens to digest, and also it will extend the life of your supply.

I feed a combination of rolled barley, whole wheat and whole oats. Soak it over night and never have any left over at the end of feeding time (at the ratio of 2qts barley, 1 qt each wheat and oat to 15 layers, 2 turkeys and one old granny miniature duck). When I soak it overnight the grain volume doubles in size. My birds always act like they're getting only treats each time I feed

I once fed some 6 week old ducks i had bought ,on soaked barley , my pig getting whatever was left , the ducks became "weak in the legs " the vet diagnosed vitamin deficiency ,  after about 2 weeks i realized that the ducks were  DRUNK !!  I just fed dry bruised barley after that ,
Mr Pig on the other hand had a humongous hangover and lay with his head under the straw for a couple of days only surfacing to drink vast amounts of water !!!!.
P. S. Much to my disgust the bacon/pork tasted just the same as normal .
sod

no pickeled pork    
rhino

Has anyone seen the idea for a pigaerator from Joel Salatin talking of straights.
Rena

confused wrote:
Rena wrote:
British Red wrote:
I'm guessing they must thrive on it then. Mine love wheat but I have limited it to treats, I guess I can be more generous!


If you 'soak' the wheat over night in hot water... It is easier for the hens to digest, and also it will extend the life of your supply.

I feed a combination of rolled barley, whole wheat and whole oats. Soak it over night and never have any left over at the end of feeding time (at the ratio of 2qts barley, 1 qt each wheat and oat to 15 layers, 2 turkeys and one old granny miniature duck). When I soak it overnight the grain volume doubles in size. My birds always act like they're getting only treats each time I feed

I once fed some 6 week old ducks i had bought ,on soaked barley , my pig getting whatever was left , the ducks became "weak in the legs " the vet diagnosed vitamin deficiency ,  after about 2 weeks i realized that the ducks were  DRUNK !!  I just fed dry bruised barley after that ,
Mr Pig on the other hand had a humongous hangover and lay with his head under the straw for a couple of days only surfacing to drink vast amounts of water !!!!.
P. S. Much to my disgust the bacon/pork tasted just the same as normal .


Was the barley soaked overnight??  I've never seen that in any of my birds... Used to have a flock of ducks as well. Still have my little 'granny duck' (she's roughly 12 years old and never been 'weak in the knees') . Your experience is very interesting!
confused

Rena i fed them at 7.30 in the morning , then put the next days in to soak for 24 hrs , the pig got any that was left , ie 48 hrs soaked .
Toddy

You made small beer, didn't you ?

It was the only way to make sure that drinking liquid was free from disease in the past.
It only works out about 1 or 2% alcohol, but it's enough to kill off buggits.

The grain could be boiled up afterwards to soften into a kind of coarse pease meal porridge/think beans or peas as part of dinner. They fry up too into a version of skirlie or like the Mexican's re-fried beans or make 'wholesome' 'wholefood' filling in beanburgers or curry.

M
Rena

confused wrote:
Rena i fed them at 7.30 in the morning , then put the next days in to soak for 24 hrs , the pig got any that was left , ie 48 hrs soaked .


Ah, gotcha. Hmmm. Guess I'll keep to my 24 hour rate of soaking then . I bet the animals response was quite a frightening sight for you! ((I did start adding the wheat and oats just for the purpose of making sure the girls and Tom are getting as balanced a diet as possible. (They are open range on two acres, so have access to plenty grit and I feed them calcium as well.)) Thanks for sharing your experience.

       Over the Gate Forum Index -> On the Smallholding
Page 1 of 1
Create your own free forum | Buy a domain to use with your forum