What are the differences between scratch, supplement feeds, laying mashes, and other?
My wife and I have 4 Rhode Island Reds all are about 4 mos old. We have fed them Purina Start and Grow medicated starter feed until last week when it was used it up and the guy at Russel feed store recommneded a bag of Boyce Chicken scratch, saying it was what they needed, they'll love it, blah blah blah. Well the bag itself says birds needs a supplement to go with it and they are not eating much of this scratch anyway! What should we supplement with or be feeding them otherwise?
Also, we are getting close to laying time, what is a laying mash?
Is there an alternative to hay that we can use in the nesting boxes?
We are new to this so any insight is appreciated either via reply or link to exactly pages with the right info.