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how do you make your own chicken scratch? Recipes needed

post #1 of 18
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any suggestions for recipes of scratch?
and how much and how often do you usually throw out to them?

thanks!

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One very loving and understanding hubby (who tolerates my love for chickens with a smile), a sweet-as-pie little girl (my hunny bunny), a dimpled face little boy who is ALL BOY, and 10 ladies in the coop - 4 RIR, 2 gray Brahma, 1 white Brahma, 1 Jersey Giant, 1 Polish, and 1 sassy Silkie
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post #2 of 18

Good question.

post #3 of 18

Ya, I was kanda wondering the same thing.

i'll google it and see what I find.smile

Wow i found..... nothing yet excpt for a likny back to this page:(


Edited by gmzamz - 3/27/09 at 5:48am
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If lovin' my chickens is wrong, I don't wanna be right! -miss_jayne
There is only two ways to do something, my way and the wrong way-my dad
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.- stitch-a-bility
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post #4 of 18

here is a website that has recipes for organic whole grain feeds - I think you can pick from the list of ingredients to make your own scratch. 
http://www.greenerpasturesfarm.com/ChickenFeedRecipe.html

Heather
Wife to Jeremy, Mom to Joshua & Jacob, have 2 cats, 1 rabbit, some fish, 2 BO & 2 BR
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Heather
Wife to Jeremy, Mom to Joshua & Jacob, have 2 cats, 1 rabbit, some fish, 2 BO & 2 BR
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post #5 of 18

Nice link, but I thought I read somewhere that you weren't supposed to feed chickens raw legumes/beans? The recipe included has 1 part each of split peas and lentils.... I'm confused now

post #6 of 18

My scratch mix
     100 lb. whole corn
       50 lb. wheat
       50 lb. whole oats
       50 lb. mixed bird seed (sorgum,various millets,sunflower,minimal corn)
        25 lb. black oil sunflower
   I scatter this on the coop floor first thing in morning, just enough that they will clean up in 2-3 minutes. They will keep turning over the bedding looking for the small stuff, or any that dropped in. This really helps keep the bedding loose and dry. In the winter I add another 50lb. of corn to the mix. There is a hanging feeder in each pen with laying mash, or grower in it for their main feed.

"It just goes to show you, you don't have to be crazy to raise  Cornish,...................... but it helps."      Lewis Strait
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"It just goes to show you, you don't have to be crazy to raise  Cornish,...................... but it helps."      Lewis Strait
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post #7 of 18

i just use black sunflower seed, millet and cracked corn.  I throw a couple handfulls into the run.

RIR and EE's
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RIR and EE's
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post #8 of 18

Currently Im just half filling a cup with cracked corn, sprinkling in a little bit of uncooked oatmeal  and filling the rest with black sunflower seeds,but I'm looking to add more things to it

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One little brown hen in heaven. I'll never forget her.

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Proud mum of 1 little brown hen, and 1 little black hen

One little brown hen in heaven. I'll never forget her.

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post #9 of 18

Not really using scratch anymore. I let my chickens run in the kitchen every night just after dark.

Because of the water lines coming in from the water access shaft theres a plentiful supply of little cockroaches. My chickens go nuts when the sun goes down because its fun time!

I think they like that much more than the corn or sunflower seed scratch they used to get.

 

Plus its heartily entertaining to watch the "lights on" race between the chickens and bugs.

Only problem is the roaches seems to have put up a warning sign on our apartment, fewer and fewer every night.

 

The poop left on the floor is a small price to pay for almost no bugs.

Here's a picture of the kitchen back when we tried the first time, just before sundown we open everything to encourage the bugs to move out. (not the cleanest day, but we were expecting poop so this is pre cleaning)

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Edited by Chambertin - 7/29/12 at 6:35am
post #10 of 18

Very good recipes everyone! I have also been looking to make my own chicken scratch. Very helpful :)

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Dear Pessimist, optimist and realist, 

While you were busy arguing over the glass of water, I drank it!

Sincerely, Opportunist 

~ My CDO is kicking in..

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