My husband has 4 roosters & a hen he intends me to butcher out. They are all bantams, and since I have zero experience butchering chickens out as of yet, Daddy Frog is saying that working these out will be good experience for me, because even if it doesn't work out and I totally screw them up, that by the time I get through all 5 I should have some idea of how to do it correctly when I try to do it on the adults! :-)
Anyway, these 5 bantams love to waste TONS of food. I got sick & tired of it. They are costing me money (because they are in a rabbit cage and keep beaking their food out of the feeder, allowing it to fall through the cage floor to the ground below. The guineas clean up after them, but the whole purpose in keeping these birds alive in the first place was to fatten them up.. and all of the "fat food" (meat bird food) keeps getting kicked out and they're only getting part of it... so aggravating!! So, I poured water all over it and crammed their feeder full! It worked!! :-D Yay!!
It worked with them, so then I did the same thing with my beeplas, and it worked even better with them! I think this may be the way I feed them from now on! I am so stoked!!
I've been buying 50# of feed every two weeks (32 birds eat a lot...who'd have thought?), then combining it with the free cast off (straw, cracked wheat, buckwheat hulls, corn shells etc) from the mill, and the corn meal unsuitable for human consumption, also from the mill. The chickens love it, but there is a lot of waste when this mixture gets put into the feeders. This mash idea... this could really work. It is A LOT messier for me, because I don't have a system down yet, but so far there has been no waste, and the beeplas seemed to be able to eat it a lot easier. What with the food having been partially softened with the water and so forth. :-)