Sunday, January 4, 2009
Questions about Animal Feed?
Presently, I am feeding 3 horses, 26 sheep, 12 goats, 28 chickens, 13 cats, 3 dogs, & me.My food bill is on the LARGER side with me getting the least amount. Now work with me on this.
My chickens are being fed Purina Layena Pellets @ $12. 40ish a bag
What are you feeding? Is this comparable to what I am feeding?
MINIATURE HORSES (2 of them)
When I first got the girls I was feeding them the Miniature Platform food but when it got up to $17.99 a bag I decided that it was getting expensive so I am now feeding a Purina feed, 12% sweet at $10 a bag.
SHEEP & GOATS
Now my big dilemma is with feeding the sheep and goats as I run them both together and one knows you can not feed sheep straight goat feed unless you want to kill them. So everyone has been getting sheep feed. At the feed store where I purchase most of my feed, a 50# bag of sheep feed is $12.99. I go through about 3-4 bags a week.
A problem arose when I move my POA in with the 2 rams (which is working out fine). I knew I could not keep the rams from eating the horse grain and vice verse so I thought about an All-Stock feed. A 50# bag of All-Stock is $8.25.....much cheaper than the sheep feed.
The All-Stock is a 12% sweet though the protein is only 12% verse 15.50% on the sheep. Calicum & fat is lower on the All-Stock but not by a lot. Johnny (POA) and the 2 rams are fine with it.
BIG QUESTION: Is it good enough to feed all the sheep & goats? Its like $4.oo cheaper a bag which will save me a lot in the long run.
I bought a bag of corn to mix in with the All-Stock which I have been feeding everyone for the past week and they are all eating it very well.
So, in your opinion, would this be fine to feed everyone?
Could/should I add oats to it?
Should I continue to add the corn or not?
I can get corn @ $5.00 for 50# down at an Amish feed store.
I know oats are more expensive but is it more nutritious?
I can also get an #80 bag of horse feed at the Amish feeds store for $14.99 and there are a lot of oats in that (this would obviously just be for the mini's)
I am curious and looking for some insight on what everyone feeds there animals. Hay is running $5.00 a bale right now plus grain costs......gets expensive. I have heard some people just feeding corn to sheep???? I know that with "brand names" you are paying for the label though I have been fine with the chicken feed and the dogs get ProPlan lamb & rice formula. I will not discuss the cats because I swear they cost me the most (okay they do get Indoor dry formula & Nutro's senior formula dry plus the cans. I worked to long at a vet. hospital to see neutered male cats with UTI's due to cheap dry food).
So, if you have time to comment, I would love and appreciate your "feedback" on what everyone feeds out to their sheep, goats, and horses. Perhaps I missing something or can do better. I wonder if they would eat Kraft Mac n' Cheese?