Originally Posted by hatchies
All of the sudden my girls seem to be clucking LOUD and OFTEN! They have plenty of food and water as well as clean boxes and coop. It seems like they are yelling at me! 😆
Do you have any idea what they are clicking about? The only thing I have changed recently is that I have added some scratch to their lay crumbles, where as they have only had lay crumbles for a long time. Whether or not that is right, I don't know, so tell me if it isn't!
They can be real jabbermouths sometimes......
.....seems to come and go in my flock, who knows what they're thinking?<shrugs>
Adding scratch to the crumble may have set them off, they don't like change.
Best not to mix scratch with the crumble, scratch should be fed separately and with moderation.
I throw scratch in the ground in run, keep crumbles in feeder 24/7.
: I like to feed a flock raiser/grower/finisher 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat. I do grind up the crumbles (in the blender) for the chicks for the first week or so.
The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer. I adjust the amounts of other feeds to get the protein levels desired with varying situations.
Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.
Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.