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Hello,
is it necessary to feed our hens 3 grain scratch everyday outside of them getting their layer feed, they roam the yard all day,
getting the bugs and whatever else the find.
Thanks
Karen
post #2 of 5

no it is just a treat, all treats shouldn't exceed 10% of their diet, so no they are not necessary

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Good, I think the only one that it was benefiting was the feed store.
Thank you for your help
post #4 of 5

Yep no problem, I mix some scratch into their feed to bulk it up a bit that way it doesn't cost me as much per lb, it sounds counter-intuitive but it is a cheap addition.


Edited by chicklover 1998 - 3/18/16 at 8:56am
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Originally Posted by meowoui View Post

Hello,
is it necessary to feed our hens 3 grain scratch everyday outside of them getting their layer feed, they roam the yard all day,
getting the bugs and whatever else the find.
Thanks
Karen

It in not necessary at all to feed scratch grains. It is considered a treat.

Most layer rations are around 16% protein so if you consider adding the grains to their feed be sure to check that the grain doesn't dilute the protein level (ie generally scratch grains are low in protein).

A better way is to limit how much scratch is given (about a tsp per bird), offer some fruit, veggies and greens.

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