Monkittee Mash: Poultry feed at its very best
At Wynlen House we believe that to sustain healthy animals, resistant to disease they need to be raised on good food and healthy soils. Monkittee Mash for poultry is a grain, protein and greens rich, laying mash that meets the daily nutritional requirements of your laying hens or other poultry.
At the moment we can distribute to Batemans Bay, Bungendore and Canberra only or you can purchase directly from the farm.
The alternative is to enroll in one of our short online courses right now to learn to make your own totally balanced, highly nutritious chicken/goose/duck or turkey mash designed with the correct amount of protein to ensure you get the best eggs ever from your poultry. If you have 10 chickens or more this will be cost effective for you as well as best for your birds.
Feeding & Nutrition
All breeds of Poultry are Omnivores, they eat food of both plant and animal origin. Their digestive systems are designed for more concentrated type foods than ruminants (grass eaters). As poultry are not ruminants they do not do well on pasture alone. Their stomachs are not designed to cope with course bulky, fibrous grasses. Poultry need a mix of ground and whole grains and protein preferably from an animal source. Monkittee Mash made on the farm, provides this mix and is usually served to hens in the morning. It is fed as a wet mash (small amounts of water added to the dry mix to create a crumbly texture) so that the birds can pick up individual whole grains mixed with milled grain and chaff.
Poultry Mashes were devised before pelleted stockfeed became common. Pelleted animal feeds are based on traditional feed mixes however to turn basic food in to a pellet it is processed and extruded with this process being at the expense of nutrient value.
This is done for convenience and ease of the farmer not for the benefit of the animal. In our view it is the fast food equivalent of MacDonald's for animals.
Our mash is made to recipes sourced from Australia, England and Europe and takes account of current scientific thinking about bird nutrition and the living conditions of most backyard chickens today. By feeding Monkittee Mash your poultry have access to food with a much greater nutrient value that has not been processed away and meets the required percentage of animal protein in their diet. Most poultry stock feeds today rely on soya bean protein. While small amounts of soy in the diet is not harmful, it is the hidden soy in the food chain that is the greatest worry. See Soy the Hidden Factor adjacent
All types of poultry have different protein requirements and these requirements also very during their different life stages. Feeding the incorrect protein percentage can have long lasting affects on their health and development.
The amount of feed mash required to feed a chicken will vary depending on the breed, the size of bird and on the season. Generally, the mash is fed at breakfast.
To make chicken breakfast mash:
A 1/3 - 1/2 cup per bird is usually enough but if they eat it quickly and are obviously looking for more just increase to 3/4 of a cup at the next feed. Observe your birds at feeding time. How slowly or quickly they eat and how much or little they leave will tell you whether to feed them more or less mash. See the video below on how to make up the mash.
While Monkittee Mash does meet the daily nutritional requirements of your hens it is generally fed in the morning with whole grains or a scratch mix fed in the evening. We also consider that kitchen scraps are a valuable part of their diet. Kitchen scraps should be fresh and consist mainly of veg trimmings (bits of vegetables you do not use), not too much bread or leftovers.
Soy the Hidden Factor
In 2018 Australia imported 1 million tonnes of soya bean with 85% of this processed into soybean meal for livestock, primarily from Argentina (97%). Argentina grows GM soybeans. The purpose of this genetic modification is to make the soybean herbicide resistant, specifically to glyphosate, so the crop can be sprayed up to 4 times with glyphosate for weed control without impacting on the actual soybean crop. This fact alone is incredibly disconcerting considering the concerns now being raised regarding the health issues associated with glyphosate usage.
Stockfeed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia states Soybean meal is sourced from Brazil and Argentina with GM soybean meal used as a key source of protein by Australia’s pig, poultry, beef and dairy industries.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), allows manufacturers to use a wide range of GM food ingredients imported from overseas. These include specific GM varieties of soybeans. GM soybean products are used as ingredients in many processed foods, such as bread, pastries, chocolates, potato chips, margarine and mayonnaise. Soy lecithin (additive 322) is used as an emulsifier in spreads, cakes and confectionery.
Soy has been a staple in Asian diets for thousands of years, while for vegetarians and people with lactose intolerance it's a good source of calcium and protein. Soy as a direct addition to the diet and in moderation is unlikely to cause any major health issues. However, the hidden addition of soy in our diet and in the food chain through stock feed may have long term health impacts. Scientists are concerned that the plant-based estrogen's that occur naturally in soy, many of which are endocrine disruptors, could potentially have adverse impacts on our health. Soy contains goitrogens which lead to depressed thyroid function. It also contains phytates which prevent absorption of life enhancing minerals and It is also loaded with phytoestrogens which sometimes block the hormone estrogen and have adverse effects on human tissues!
Only about 6% of soybeans grown worldwide are turned directly into food products for human consumption. The rest either enter the food chain indirectly as animal feed, or are used to make vegetable oil or non-food products such as biodiesel. 70-75% of the world’s soy ends up as feed for chickens, pigs, cows, and farmed fish.
1 kilo. = $ 3.50
5 kilo’s = $15.50
10 kilo’s = $25.00 plus
$5 deposit for a reusable hessian sack
We can prepare Monkittee Mash for all poultry types -Ducks, geese, turkeys - and for different development stages:
Starter - 0 to 6 weeks