I am running a chicken feed experiment where I am calculating the average consumption for each type of feed (Purina, Big Sky, O'Nate, and Nutrena). My goal is to determine if lower quality feeds have a higher consumption rate and are wasted more (because of the fillers). The second feed I looked at is O'Nate.
- Ground corn
- Soybean meal
- Calcium carbonate
- Soybean oil
ONate layer sells for $22.25 after tax here. That comes out to $0.445/lb. Bantam chickens should average 0.9 lbs/week, medium size hens should average 1.3 lbs/week, large dual-purpose hens should average 2.7 lbs/week.
ONate uses the two biggest “buzz” ingredients out there right now, corn and soybeans. The controversy with corn is that it is almost always GMO. I don't have a problem with genetic modification, but I do have a problem with genetically modifying it so that you can dump huge amounts of pesticide on it, which is the case with corn. That simply means you will end up with a pesticide ridden product. Also, it is killing our genetic diversity, which will come back to haunt us. Soybeans are controversial because it has been shown that they can mess with estrogen, causing girls to hit puberty earlier and boys to have higher levels of estrogen than in the past. Calcium carbonate is an ingredient to add calcium to chicken layer feed (to help them make healthy eggshells).
My bantam hens averaged 1.59 lbs/week of the O'Nate so it cost me $0.71/week each to feed them ONate.
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