NF emphasizes the use of homemade chicken feed. We cut down the use of commercial feed as much as possible. But feed is not just simply made from material lying around. Nutrient balance and effect to chicken bodies are carefully calculated. That is why we can confidently say that NF homemade feed is better than commercial ones. We do not worry about " what to buy", we speculate on and " how we use" " what we have."
Feed is given only once a day compared to conventional poultry where it's given 3-4 times or even throughout the day. We follow the rule " once full and once hungry" in one day. Feed is given 2 hours before sunset.
Observing the law of nature, Natural farming chickens have 2 times longer productive period ( 2-3 years) than conventional method. Not to mention that the NF chickens are much healthy and happy.
* Brown rice grains and bamboo leaves
In NF, we feed freshly hatched chicks with whole brown rice grains in unlimited quantity. No powder feed are given. After giving for 3 days for layer and 1 day for broilers, we add bamboo leaves. On day 50, we add rice husks; gradually increase the proportion to reach 20-25% of the total feed after 6 months when egg-laying rate is 60%. This kind of feed toughens the intestines and grows a very healthy chicken.
Fed with soft and nutritious feed,chicks do not develop strong digestive organs and excrete undigested nutrition. This is source of smell and disease. Just as the newly germinating sprout has the most vital power, the freshly hatched chick has a vigorous ability to adapt and develop. Feeding this tough food, NF chicks develop intestines 260-300cm long, and ordinary chicks only grow 130-140cm long.
And the length of cecum is seven times longer!
* Homemade feed
All material other than mineral matter ( rocks) can be turned into feed. For example, fresh green is a good feed. It is available everywhere. It makes up for 1/3 of total feed for adult chickens. Bamboo leaves rich in fiber also serve as an excellent feed.
Feed is abundant on the floors too. Chicken feces are converted into feed by IMOs. Spraying FPJ and LAB will promote fermentation. This can make up for 7-10% of the total feed.
Soil rich in microorganisms is also a given.
Rice husks make up 15-20% of the feed from late Feb to mid May to hold down the laying rate. It can make up as much as 25% to maintain steady laying rate ( 65-70% for 3 years ).
Mixing homemade feed. Rice husk, bran, wild grass, oyster/clam shells, food waste, soil, sawdust,etc. Almost anything can be fed.