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post #11 of 15
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thank you...I'm in South Carolina and it will really help to see how questions apply to my area.  I have a lot to learn and everyone has been so gracious about sharing.  Thanks again.

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Here you go...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/127943/south-carolina

 

Good luck!

 

CT

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post #13 of 15
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Here's the break-down on feeds, simplified.
Scratch- not a feed, but a supplement. It's something to toss in the run to give the birds something to 'scratch' around for. Most chickens go crazy for scratch grains, so it's really useful for training purposes.

Starter- usually a finely ground feed with a high protein content to fuel young chicks' growth and feather development. Available in medicated (to help prevent coccidia outbreaks) and un-medicated.

Grower/all flock/flock raiser- usually a slightly lower protein content than starter. Appropriate to feed to all chickens, at all stages of life. Good for flocks with birds that are at different stages and flocks that free range or get treats/scraps frequently (daily).

Layer- for actively laying birds only. Has just enough protein to support egg production, if it is the only source of nutrition, and added calcium for eggshells. Is not appropriate for young birds, roosters, or birds that aren't laying due to brooding or molting. Is not appropriate for active flocks that forage frequently. Is not appropriate for flocks that get treats, veggies, scratch, or other low protein goodies on a regular basis.

This is extremely handy!
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by junebuggena View Post

Here's the break-down on feeds, simplified.
Scratch- not a feed, but a supplement. It's something to toss in the run to give the birds something to 'scratch' around for.
I've found that our chickens are very willing to scratch around for plain dry pellets. Normally they get those pellets in fermented form, so the solid pellets are something different (and therefore, obviously, quite clearly superior, especially if hand-delivered by a willing human...). Something to consider -- scratch doesn't have to be corn-based, low-protein, etc.
post #15 of 15
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Thank you....all this input from those of you that have done this longer than I has been extremely helpful.  I definitely need to make so changes for my girls!  Enjoy your day....it's beautiful in the high 60's in the Charleston today. 

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