A little over 200lbs of mix will fit nicely into a 55 gallon trash bin. We use the metal trash bins to keep the weather elements out, but also any wild critters that likes to get a free meal. This is a good and efficient way to store large amounts of feed with little concern that mice or other varmints will wreck havoc on your supply.
THIS method of mixing might not work for everyone, but it a Farm Hack that we use!
Recall the previous photo with corn on top? Poured in the mixer you now see nothing but pellets.
Mixing Poultry Feed
I like to sit out all the buckets to scoop the portions into them first.
One of the questions I am often asked, "What all do you mix in your feed?" The quick answer, we buy all of our feed manufactured by Big V Feed out of McAlester, Oklahoma, so it doesn't matter unless you can also get this brand. I'm then often asked why I mix feed if animal nutrition specialist and chemist come up with the perfect formula. There are several reasons for this, namely, since we raise turkeys and peafowl, both considered game birds, they need a higher amount of protein than I can buy from the bag off the shelf. Most of the chickens we raise also require a higher amount than what can be found out of the bag. What I will tell you is our blend that works for us. 6 parts 20% egg layer pellet. 2 parts 19% blend called Maximizer, 2 parts whole kernel corn, 1 part 32% fish food pellet, and 1 part BOSS. There are times throughout the year my blend changes to meet the needs of the birds. Are they laying? Are they in molt? Are they going into winter? Is it 100*F? But the above is my basic formula.
After only around 45 seconds to a minute in the cement mixer, we come up with a well uniformed blend that was not easily achieved by the manual method of shaking.
Can you imagine mixing a bucket by hand daily? How about two?
After all the buckets are prepared, we're ready to start mixing.
This is after the blend is poured into the bucket.
I was chatting with a friend the other day on what we do to make feeding the poultry go faster and she thought the idea should be shared.
In years past, we would buy several types of feed, scoop into buckets in X-measurements, and then shake the bucket by hand until it mixed. Not only does this end up hurting the back after awhile and give a good laugh to anyone who might be passing by, it is also a very time consuming practice.
After visiting one of my friend's farm in Ohio, I brought the idea back with me and bought the cheapest cement mixer that Harbor Freight sells and is dedicated to feed mixing only.
My only regret is that we didn't do years ago!