Originally Posted by givhansdude
my chickens don't want to eat the scratch if i put it in a bowl.
they only want to eat it if i throw it on the ground, than they sworm to it. I guess that is why they call it scratch.
I have chickens approx 8wks old. A few have died lately, I am concerned the corn that I mixed with laying crumbles has killed them.
Does anybody think the corn could have contributed? I heard their gizzards cant break down the corn.
You may never know for sure.
What one can know for sure is that some deer corn, corn sold to bait deer in, has certain characteristics or substances that can be dangerous for chicken feed. Don't try to save money feeding corn not cleared as feed for domestic animal feed.
Also, 8 week old chicks should not eat calcium laden feed designed for laying hens. The studies are easily found and read on Google about how a high calcium diet can destroy kidneys and other internal functions of young and growing birds fed a high calcium diet. Since they aren't laying eggs, they've no way to rid their bodies of the rich calcium intake.