Auntie Kates is FREE…
– RAM FREE
– GM FREE
– Dust FREE
And always the best value for money!
– Happy Flock
– Good gut health
– Encourages foraging
– Natural alternative to manufactured feed
Daily feeding will vary depending on many factors such as the age and health of the hens, climate, the day length, the breed, access to free range pasture and whether they are molting. So there is no set rule. Expect to feed between 80-150g per day per bird.
Auntie Kates Pro Grain and Scratch Mix are supplemented complete grain based feeds. Mixed Grain and All Grain are high energy mixes which must be supplemented.
Manufactured feeds in the form of pellets, crumbles or mash are used in commercial poultry production. A complete and balanced ration is provided in a controlled environment with the aim of maximising egg or meat production at the lowest cost. These rations typically include medicines, vitamin and minerals and RAM based protein supplements to ensure health and nutrition is balanced and complete.
Disadvantages with manufactured feeds are:
– The gizzard does not have to work to grind the feed leading to the risk of gut health issues
– In a free range backyard situation manufactured feeds deteriorate and are less palatable and appetising than whole grains.
– The risk associated with feeding RAM, see notes in the What is RAM tab
Many manufactured poultry feeds contain restricted animal materials in order to provide cheap protein. These feeds cannot be fed to ruminants due to the risk of Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, often called ‘mad cow disease’) a disease of cattle that causes brain changes and death. Small holders with poultry and ruminants must take care to keep feeds separate if using products with RAM.
Auntie Kates FEEDS TO NOT CONTAIN RAM
People keeping poultry at home can choose between manufactured or natural grain based feeds. A good manufactured feed will provide a complete diet so it is simple and easy but bland for the birds who generally far prefer grain. A supplemented grain based diet for free range backyard birds will provide the energy and protein the birds need plus encourage natural foraging which will provide the birds with vitamins, minerals.
With access to fresh water, pasture, household scraps, calcium grits and a safe, clean roost, these birds will lay well – as they have done for thousands of years. As with birdseed our philosophy is that a varied balanced diet provided by well informed fanciers will lead to happy hens and lots of eggs. Auntie Kates layer feeds cater for all these feeding options so you can choose which product best fits your circumstances.
Water. Clean, cool water is vital for layers well-being and survival.
Protein is essential for growth, reproduction and maintenance. Requirements vary depending on stage of life. For example growing chicks or moulting birds require more protein. Layers require about 15% protein in a balanced diet. Avigrain uses plant based proteins such as peas and lupins and does not use restricted animal materials.
Note on proteins in layer diets: Layer hens are omnivores and do require animal proteins in their diets. Manufactured feeds often provide this with restricted animal materials – RAM. Free Range Backyard Layers who forage for worms and insects can do without RAM in their diet.
Energy provides the body’s fuel through carbohydrates and fats. Along with cereal grains Avigrain uses a wide variety of oilseeds to provide fats and oils.
Vitamins and Minerals are essential in small amounts to maintain bodily function and disease resistance. Calcium is provided through soluble limestone chips and methionine in canola. Free range birds with access to pasture will naturally pick up adequate V&M. Layers in other environments will require supplements using grain based feeds.
Wheat, Com, Sorghum, Millets -The cheapest energy grains – high in carbs but lower in protein than layers require.
Lupins, Peas – Legumes high in plant proteins.
Canola, Safflower, Black and Grey Sunflower – Oilseeds the birds love to eat plus high in fats and protein – low in carbohydrate. Canola is a source of methionine.
15% Free Range Layer Pellets – Contain vitamin and mineral premix, yolk colorant, do not contain antibiotics, growth promotant, hormones, RAM or urea.
Hi Protein Layer Crumble contains vitamin and mineral premix and a natural herbal coccidostat (Regano) which is ideal for mixed aged flocks as there is no withholding period.
Soluble Grits – All our grain mixes have calcium carbonate or limestone chips which provide calcium for good shell structure.
Insoluble grits – Grain mixes require grinding grits for digestion of whole or cracked grain in the gizzard. We use an insoluble shell grit plus birds will naturally pick our small stones while foraging.