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post #1 of 27
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What is the different between chicken scratch and chicken feed??


How much do you normally pay for a bag of chicken feed?

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post #2 of 27

Feed is their food and scratch is a treat that should not to be given in hot weather

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post #3 of 27

Feed here is about $13 for starter/grower, $12 for layer, and $10 for scratch.  Scratch is a treat.

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post #4 of 27
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Originally Posted by fullhouse 

Feed here is about $13 for starter/grower, $12 for layer, and $10 for scratch.  Scratch is a treat.


What size bags are those prices for???

thanks!


Also why shouldn't scratch be fed in hot weather?

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post #5 of 27

Scratch is a mix of cracked grains. In the past it was a way to use surplus or spoiled grains tha might otherwise be unusable.
When purchased commercially, it usually consists of wheat, corn, oats, sunflower seeds, millet and various other seeds.
It is NOT complete nutrition. It keeps them busy and feeds their need for such energy foods as found in grains. It is ground coarse, to a size preferred by chickens.

For complete nutrition you must feed an all around poultry ration, either one you make yourself or purchase commercially. The commercial feeds have wheat, corn, soya, fish or protein meal, vitamain/mineral fortifiers, binders and really do offer a complete meal.

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post #6 of 27

I didn't know scratch was a treat.  My poor cochin.. no wonder she is no bigger than a hummingbird!

what is it called for an all around food exactly?  would it be just that?

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Originally Posted by FisherMOM 

I didn't know scratch was a treat.  My poor cochin.. no wonder she is no bigger than a hummingbird!

what is it called for an all around food exactly?  would it be just that?


You should ask for a grower feed if the bird is not laying yet and then when she starts to lay she should have layer pellet.

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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by fullhouse 

Feed here is about $13 for starter/grower, $12 for layer, and $10 for scratch.  Scratch is a treat.


What size bags are those prices for???

thanks!


Also why shouldn't scratch be fed in hot weather?


50lbs.  Corn causes the chicken to heat up.  Great for cold winter nights!

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post #9 of 27

I need a feed for both roosters and hens.  They eat together.  It is too much to try to separate everyone.  I already separate the chicks from the grown ups.  And I separate the Cornish X from the other 2.

I want to feed Midnight and Rusty (My hen and rooster) the same thing. Is there a pellet that they can both eat?

I have layer feed for Midnight, and occasionally I keep Rusty locked up and feed her some of that.

post #10 of 27

you can probably get away with mixing layer and meat or starter/grower.

The feed I buy has the following breakdown:

layer 16% protein
starter/grower 20% protein
meat 21% protein
scratch is about 8% protein

most go to layer only for the hens because of the additional calcium, which roos have no use for, can cause kidney issues.

Definately stay away from the scratch or generic grain feeds. Fine for a treat now and then but certainly not acceptible for everyday feed. The nutional value just isn't there. Rabbit feed can also be given as a treat.

Something else I saw today was Game Bird feed; 26% protein. Woah!

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