Any alternatives to scratch ? whole oats ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by I*Eat*Chickens*Yum, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. I*Eat*Chickens*Yum

    I*Eat*Chickens*Yum Chillin' With My Peeps

    I feed my 6 chicken's a handful of scratch each day but they waste the cracked corn in it. They barely eat any of it.

    Is there an alternative that any of you feed them that you can buy at the feed store ? Like whole oats or crimped oats ?

    What is crimped oats ?

    Thanks !
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    I prefer a feeder of whole oats and feeder of granite grit esides a feeder of crumbles
    the scratch is a waste of money
    the chickens definely do not like it
    It is probably a section of light weight seeds
    meaning there is not much protein in it
    your hens will be better off with whole oats

    crimped oats is like oat meal
    it is good but expensive and they do very well laying on whole oats

    stick with the whole oats and hens do not build up needless gut fat with whole oats

    they lay good on it but you do need crumbles also
  3. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    The way my feedstore sells them crimped oats have been cracked so the outer hull is partly open and aren't that much different than whole oats.
    Rolled oats have the texture of oatmeal.

    The TSC here sells crimped oats and labels them "rolled".

    Both run me around $13 for a 50# bag - I get steam-rolled & steam-crimped for my horses.

    At what age could I switch hens from a starter feed to oats?
    What's in the crumbles you feed your layers with the oats?
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    I use sunflower seeds. They have to be the small black ones sold in large bags for birds not the striped ones. They love it more than any grain and it's got a lot more nutrition. They eat less feed when they have sunflower seeds so despite the fact it costs more than other things you could use it balances itself out. I've never given mine scratch.
  5. I*Eat*Chickens*Yum

    I*Eat*Chickens*Yum Chillin' With My Peeps

    thank u all for your replies...going to try some of the suggestion

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