Taking responsibility for your future involves financial independence as well as a separation from store-bought foods. You may already have followed Jason Hartman’s advice and taken out a long-term, fixed rate loan to invest in rental properties or “packaged commodities” as Jason Hartman like to refer to them, thus helping to reach your goal of financial independence. Perhaps you are even growing your own vegetables and you have chickens for meat and eggs. But where are you getting the feed for your chickens? The store? Why not make the same healthy choices for your chickens as you do for yourself and produce healthier, happier chickens.
Try adding these grains and plants to their current feed gradually.
· Comfrey: Rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and amino acids. Helps produce eggs with golden yolks.
· Chickweed: A tonic green that chickens enjoy.
· Gotu Kola: A tonic that can be used externally for skin conditions.
· Nasturtium: Not only are they pretty, nasturtiums are great for chickens. It’s a wormer, an antiseptic, antibiotic, and repels insects.
· Nettle: Containing a large quantity of both vitamins and minerals, nettle is a wormer and assists in egg production.
· Oats: A great source of energy, oats are high in protein, B vitamins, calcium, and fiber.
· Black oil sunflower seeds: High protein, minerals, and vitamins with a high oil content that provides a beautiful gloss to feathers.
· Wheat: A balance between hard red wheat and soft white wheat is recommended and is both filling and a great source of energy.
· Kamut: This khorasan wheat offers 18% protein as well as magnesium, zinc, and vitamin E.
· Millet: Often sold as wild bird food, unhulled millet is high in amino acids and iron.
· Corn: If the kernels are too large for your brood, you may need to grind it before feeding them. While corn does not have much nutritional value, it is filling and provides energy and fat.
· Lentils: These legumes are exceptionally high in protein, although you may find that your chickens just don’t like the taste. If they do, great. If not, try mixing with other foods.
· Sesame seeds: Expensive to buy, but much liked by chickens and very high in protein.
· Flax seeds: Rich in protein, B vitamins, and minerals with the capability to increase omega-3 fatty acids in eggs.
· Brewer’s Yeast: The animal grade is what you’ll need to get. It is a good source of vitamin B and protein.
· Kelp granules or meal: Seaweed offers a variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and salt that chickens need. It promotes egg production and deepens the yoke coloration.
· Oyster shells: The calcium in the shells helps strengthen the chicken shells.
· Grit: Grit is the gravel needed to aid the gizzard in the breakdown of food. Free-range chickens often pick up stones on their own.
So break away from relying on store-bought items for yourself and your chickens, and prepare a homemade meal for you both. This will help you save even more money when you follow Jason Hartman’s financial advice. (Top image: Flickr | key lime pie yumyum)
The Holistic Survival Team