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I thought scratch was scratch

post #1 of 6
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I've been out of the chicken business for over 10 years.

So I bought a bag of scratch last week. It turns out is is nothing more than milo and cracked corn.

I remember the scratch from years ago had so many more things in it.

Has this become the standard, or did I just buy a crappy bag of scratch?

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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post #2 of 6

They don't have a guaranteed analysis. It's always made up of what is cheap at the time it is bagged. Milo and corn tend to dominate. I just pulled out a handful from my bag and it appears there are a few other seeds in there but not many.

 

I usually make my own. In summer it's mostly oat groats with a little millet and sunflower.

In winter, it's wheat, barley and sunflower.

Buying those in 50 # bags, I think the seed quality is better.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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They don't have a guaranteed analysis. It's always made up of what is cheap at the time it is bagged. Milo and corn tend to dominate. I just pulled out a handful from my bag and it appears there are a few other seeds in there but not many.

 

I usually make my own. In summer it's mostly oat groats with a little millet and sunflower.

In winter, it's wheat, barley and sunflower.

Buying those in 50 # bags, I think the seed quality is better.

Well I was thinking about sprouting some scratch, but if it's only milo, it doesn't much seem worth it.

Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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Well it's, alright now,

I learned my lesson well. See ya,

can't please everyone, so ya,

gotta please yourself.

 

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment. ~Warren Bennis~
 

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post #4 of 6

I wouldn't bother.  And the cracked corn won't sprout.

Sunflower and barley sprout very easily.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #5 of 6
I think my birds enjoy wild bird seed more. I have a farm and seed store not far and I can mix my own bird seed. Or sometimes I just buy bagged stuff. Unlike scratch, you can see what's in it and know what your paying for. I don't need 40 pounds of cracked corn in a 50# bag of scratch. I also had some bird seed get wet so I threw it on the ground near the coop (before my birds arrived). They've sprouted nicely and I mow or pull up a bunch on days when they can't free range and toss them in the coop.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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post #6 of 6

There are scratch feeds out there with more variety in them,  As I mostly mix my own as well I don't usually look at the scratch when I am out buying feed.  The last time I bought, it did have a few different seeds in as well as the cracked corn.  I would say the quality of the scratch is likely dependent on how the company that mixes it thinks of scratch, as much as how cheap they can get the ingredients.

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