I took the brooder box I had out of the "chicken room" and put it on legs.
- because of the cold spring we had, the new one is very well insulated. -
Inside it I built a "hover" loosely based on the "Ohio Brooder"
here is a good blog that I took some info from.
I don't raise 150 to 250 chicks so I cut it in half and pushed it up against the wall. . .
I don't know if you can visulize it . . . I will post some pictures.
The nice thing about the "Hooser Hover" being portable is when the chicks outgrew the new 2' by 4' brooder box
- I just moved it WITH the babies into the chicken room
Having a seperate area for the babies will let me overlap generations of chickens and just maybe produce another crop per year.
I started grinding my own feed last year.- BUT - I had to buy my soybean meal in Washington Iowa - Not local
This year Joe Jedlica my organic corn supplier, had soy beans - YEA!
No more driving to Washington to get the powdery stuff that the chickens seemed to leave in the trough.
Well Ok . . . - sometimes I get a little obsessed
Besides not being "processed" Whole soybeans have much more nutritional value than soybean meal.
At best soybean meal has all the soybean oil squeezed out of it - kind of like olive oil.
At worst is soaked in hexane (low grade gasoline) which binds to the valuable soy oil and then is cooked out.
As with anything bad there comes something good.
The squeezing and soaking and cooking that soybean meal is subjected to inactivates chemicals called trypsin inhibitors and lectins that
makes soybeans hard to digest
You need to use roasted soybeans!
To make a long story short I am also roasting soybeans myself in our oven
ever had soynuts? - YUMMY -