Chicken Feed Making Machine
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Chicken feed pellet making process
The process of making chicken pellets for your chicken is simple and it involves:
- Use a feed hammer mill to grind the ingredients so that they become fine powder ingredients/mashed potatoes.
- Next, mix all the ingredients in the feed mixer and wait until the mixture is even. The moist viscous mixture shall be the final mixture.
- It is now possible to transfer the mixture to the feeder of the pelletizer and then to the roller press and die press. The average moisture content of extruded pellets is about 16-17%.
- The final step is to dry the wet pellets until the moisture content is less than 12%.
Chicken Feed Pellet Machine Advantages
It has gained popularity recently because of the many advantages of feeding chicken with granular feed over feeding it with powder/mud or other forms of feed. The reasons behind their popularity are：
- Improved feed conversion: most studies and field tests have shown that pellet feeds can improve the conversion rate of chicken feed compared with mash feed.
- Reduced dust: pellet feed has almost no dust, unlike mash feed, which has much more dust. The dusty feed has poor taste and poses a risk of respiratory disease in chickens.
- Less wastage of feeds: with pelleted feeds the feed wastage during feeding is drastically reduced.
- Occupies less storage area: pellet feed takes up less space per unit weight during bagging and storage, so it is easy to store.
- Impossible for chicken to sort the feed because it is all mixed into solid pellets therefore chicken eat all the necessary but less palatable sections of the feed together with the more palatable portions as they cannot be separated.
- Sanitation: the high operating pressure and high temperature during the pelleting process will kill most of the parasites found in the chicken feed, thus naturally reducing the parasitic load of the chicken.
Types of chicken feed
Mash Chicken Feed: It is simply crushed and mixed into a loose chicken feed. It’s completely nutritious feed. It’s the best chicken feed on the market today, and its texture is similar to potting soil. Because it is easy to digest, it is used on young chicks. This type is suitable for chicks from the first 1 to 6 weeks.
Crumble Chicken Feed: Crushed feed is usually produced by crushing, mixing, pelleting and broking. It’s easier to manage than mash feeds. Its texture is mainly similar to oatmeal. This type of feed supports the growth of the chickens after the first six weeks until the hens start laying eggs.
Chicken Feed Pellets: Feed pellets are made by grinding, mixing and pelleting processes. This type of Feed is the most common type. They are designed for high-yield hens. This egg-laying has the right mineral, energy and protein ratios, as egg-laying consumes their energy. It takes about 24 to 25 hours for a chicken to produce an egg, so your chicken should have pellets all day. Laying hens need calcium, which is used to make eggs. Oyster shells are usually used because they are a source of calcium. If the chicken’s digestive system is empty, she can’t make any eggs, so make sure your chicken rests with full crops at night.
Main Feed for Chickens
- Alfalfa meal (high protein, good for winter)
- Corn (a mainstay for chickens, store whole)
- Field peas (for protein, to avoid soybean use)
- Oats and/or barley (less than 15 percent of the total diet together)
Things to Add to Chicken Feed
- Aragonite or feeding limestone (for calcium, not absolutely necessary)
- Oyster shell (calcium, free feed)
- Crab meal (small amounts provide protein and minerals)
- Flaxseed (omega-3, feed whole to avoid rancidity)
- Broad-spectrum mineral supplement
- Kelp (a mineral source)
- Fish meal (helps boost protein and omega-3s)
- Cultured yeast (B vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes)