Poultry Nutrition: Making Your Own Layer Ration (ONLINE WORKSHOP)
Are you concerned about meeting the nutritional needs of your hens? Your chooks need excellent nutrition to make delicious, nutrient dense eggs or meat. Many poultry keepers rely on pelleted feeds most of which don't meet optimal nutrient requirements. Keepers often find when they feed scratch mixes that birds will ignore many of the grains and seeds used in these mixes. Can we do better? Yes, and for a lower cost too.
This short online course shows you how to make a balanced and highly nutritious feed or ration for your birds cheaply and efficiently. Your fowl get the best feed possible, a mash based on formulea used by farmers for years to make farm based feed rations, prior to processed pelleted feeds, and you get delicious nutrition packed eggs and meat.
What you will learn
We will show you how to simply make your own adult chicken mash from easily purchased ingredients at reasonable cost and minimum effort. Our bespoke mash only requires ingredients commonly available at Rural or Stock Feed stores. There are two straight forward formulea (Pearsons Square and Kims Rectangle) used in the making of the rations. Both are explained via video with downloadable worksheets for practice. The use of both formulea mean you can vary your feed to take advantage of ingredients available and prices.
This mash currently feeds our egg laying flock and our meat chickens which we grow in batched of 30 a few times a year.
Who is this workshop for?
- Anyone who keeps 10 or more birds
- Small commercial egg or table poultry farmers
- Interested in peak nutrition for best quality meat or eggs
- Wants to raise birds who are healthy and well treated
Your Workshop Facilitators
Your Tutors from Wynlen House Urban Micro Farm and Learning Centre, Braidwood NSW are Bronwyn Richards, a successful small commercial farmer & market gardener of 12 years experience. Bron's work has a focus on sustainability, soil health, water conservation and organic growing principles. Bronwyn also has a background in policy advocacy in NSW and has worked as a vet nurse. She has worked with Local Land Services, NSW in the region to provide workshops on Raising Table Poultry.
Helen Lynch, BA, DipEdStud, MEdAdmin, PostGDOEd, CertIVTAE, is an educator and online and face to face learning designer, having spent 15 years across the TAFE and University sectors designing educational experiences for adults.
Wynlen House is one of SE Australia's most successful urban micro farms, managing vegetable and poultry production since 2006.
Your Learning Platform
The course is designed using text and video to take you, step by step, through making your own layer mash. The course is presented on CANVAS, a learning management system designed to take learner engagement to the next level. Get access instantly to experts and draw on the experience of fellow students via the course forums.
Your enrollment is for 6 weeks