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1. Which Feed should I feed my rooster(s)?
Our feeds were designed with the mixed flock in mind; therefore, are created in a way that allows your rooster(s) to pass over any unneeded ingredients. They may follow the same feeding program as the hens, and this is the way we feed ours. However, if you would like to feed them separate from the hens, we recommend they be fed the Grower grains, peas, and seeds.
2. How much should I feed my free-range chickens?
The free-range bird requires much less feed than does the cooped bird. However, this too will depend upon how much time they have "outside" the coop. Our chickens are free-range all day and cooped at night, and we use the following schedule (please keep in mind, this is merely a guideline). In the morning, when we let our chickens outside the coop, they are mostly interested in what is awaiting them; therefore, we feed them roughly 1/8 cup of feed per chicken in a line on the ground. When we put them up in the evening, we feed them roughly 1/4 cup per chicken inside the coop. We have found this to be a good balance of supplementing the vegetation and bugs they obtain in their foraging with little to no waste of feed.
3. Should I leave my feed out all day?
We recommend NOT leaving feed out for the free-range chicken. If your chickens have limited access to outside vegetation or are strictly cooped, we suggest you leave some in their feeding dishes and scatter the rest on the ground inside their coop. Another idea, which allows them to search a bit, is to hide some of their daily ration underneath some good-quality hay or fresh greens, dividing it into several piles. This is a great system and one we use for our chicks and growers who are still limited in their outside access.
4. How much should I feed my goats?
All of our feeding programs originated with pastured animals; therefore, were never meant to be their sole nutrition. However, these guidelines have served us well (we have eight, pastured mini-nubians): The eight of them, combined, are fed four cups per day (roughly 1/4 cup per head) split between meals combined with the greens, fruits, and flowers. Getting them used to eating a small amount will also serve you well when needing a carrier for dewormer or any medications. When feeding kids: after weaning, begin with the lesser of the recommended amounts and build up to the adult ration over time.
5. Should I increase the recommended amount when feeding lactating does?
When feeding does, you may want to increase the amount of feed as their body does require more. We prefer to supplement with good quality hay; alfalfa hay is a great source of added protein and has always worked well for our does! However, it is ALWAYS good practice and recommended here to consult your veterinarian before making adjustments to their diet.
6. Should I feed Herbal Products to Lactating Animals?
We choose herbs that are gentle and have safely been fed to all of our lactating animals; however, please consult your veterinarian before doing so, as each animal is unique. What is good for one animal might not always be good for another. After being approved by your veterinarian, you may follow the guidelines for Adults.
7. How much should I feed my horse?
All of our feeding programs originated with pastured animals; therefore, were never meant to be their sole nutrition. However, these guidelines have served us well (we have three, pastured horses on a maintenance diet and ranging in weights of 900 to 1200 lbs.): Each horse is fed three cups per day split between meals (1 1/2 cups per meal) combined with the greens, fruits, and flowers. Getting them used to eating a small amount will also serve you well when needing a carrier for dewormer or any medications. When feeding growing horses: after weaning, begin with the lesser of the recommended amounts and build up to a ration that fits his/her size or the total amount noted (which ever is less).
8. Your feeding amounts are smaller than what is usually recommended?
Yes, that is true. This is again because we firmly believe the majority of any pastured animal's nutrition should come by way of the pasture they inhabit or by good-quality hay. Our feeding programs are grounded in that belief; therefore, are meant to simply fill in the gaps, complementing the natural, organic, forage lifestyle.
9. Your buckets are not the traditional sizes?
First, our buckets were designed for farmers like us: the small-patch farmer looking to supplement the grazing space and time we are able to offer our animals. Second, the smaller sizes preserve both ingredient freshness and our backs! We do offer a variety of sizes and a discounted price for those that want to buy more. The 5 lb bucket allows You to try any of our products without investing too much before sampling. We've all been stuck with that 50 lb bag of feed wondering, "What am I going to do with this now?" If you would like to buy two 20 lb buckets, we offer a further discount allowing you to do so without that heavy, floppy 50 lb bag hauled over your shoulder.
10. Do I have to soak the products containing Beet Pulp?
For Horses, YES, without question. Please soak the feed; we usually allow ours to soak while we begin preparing food for our goats and chickens. This takes us about five minutes. How much water? It should be the consistency of loose oatmeal; we like to see a bit of the water still in the pan when you tilt it to the side.
All horses are different; we have one that has to have more water added to hers than do the others. Know your horses and consult your veterinarian if you have any doubts.
For Goats, we would say, maybe. Again, know your animals and consult your veterinarian if in doubt. We do not soak our goats' feed, but they always have access to fresh water.
11. Can I feed more than the recommended amounts?
All of the ingredients are gentle enough to be fed at higher amounts than the feeding guidelines state; however, we do not recommend doing so. Our feeding programs are designed to complement that of a natural forage diet, where the majority of a pastured animal's nutrition should come from. They were created to supplement nature's intention for the animal; therefore, were created not to be the sole means of nourishment, but to gently fill in any gaps they might not be finding and to further enhance nutrition. Please consult your veterinarian if you wish to increase the amounts that are recommended.