chicken scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wjallen05, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so this has no nutritional value to it? I've been giving my chickens about 1/2 scoop a day.... is that way too much?
     
  2. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    Quote:corn has value, but not much protein. 1/2 scoop depends on how many chickens you have, and the size of the scoop. [​IMG]

    it should be an additional feed, not a complete feed.
     
  3. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For 2 hens, 6 pullets (nearing 20 weeks) and 1 cockerel, they eat 1 scoop of laying pellets and 1/2 scoop of scratch. I've been giving my Silkies and OEG bantam hen scratch only since they aren't laying anyway. And my CMs (2 hens, 1 roo) get a mixture of both but they don't eat as much.
     
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like you are feeding about 30% scratch. The poultry science people usually recommend not more than 15% of their diets or what the birds can clean-up in 20 minutes. The University of West Virginia says you can feed more but do so with higher-protein formulas. University West Virginia (pdf)

    Your own state of Georgia makes it real simple, "Do not mix scratch grain with a complete commercial ration." University of Georgia

    Florida State University has this same kind of advice - do not feed scratch. I can point out that even outdoor Winter-time temperatures in these 2 states would not require a very high calorie level for poultry feed.

    Steve
     
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  5. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:1 scoop ? maybe 2 scoops for that many head . How big is this scoop ?

    Scratch should only be given as a treat . NOT a supplement .


    they need their laying pellets 24/7 . they should never be without feed .


    I feed treats around mid afternoon , and feed really heavy amount of laying pellets around 4:30 - 5:00 and they still have some left when I feed the following afternoon . they peck , scratch and eat all day .
     
  6. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oops, a scoop is a 3 lb scoop. (used for horses)

    I fill up their feeder and it usually lasts all day. I feed them in the morning and they usually finish up before they go in to roost for the night. I usually give them treats in the afternoon... crackers, romaine lettuce, strawberries, crickets, etc.

    Thanks for the info. Guess I'll stop feeding stratch.
     
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  7. digitS'

    digitS' Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh heck, don't stop feeding it . . .

    IMHO - just limit it. And, in your part of the world - it probably isn't a good idea to give it to them in the warm months of the year.

    Steve

    Edited to add: I can't read!
     
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  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
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    yep, i agree with digitS. you can use it, just not a big amount. sprinkle some on the ground or in their bedding for them to stir it up.

    just use it in moderation, not as a feed. it's a snack or treat if you will.
     
  9. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the Purina Mills website:

    Purina Mills[​IMG] Scratch Grains SunFresh[​IMG] Grains
    Purina Mills[​IMG] Scratch Grains SunFresh[​IMG] Grains is a natural blend of high-quality natural grains designed to be fed free-choice to adult chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys to encourage the natural pecking and feeding instincts. Note that Scratch Grains is a grain supplement, not a complete feed. If too much is fed, it will dilute the feed intake of complete feeds such as Start & Grow[​IMG], Layena[​IMG] and Flock Raiser[​IMG], reducing the bird’s nutritional intake and overall performance. Purina Mills[​IMG] Scratch Grains SunFresh[​IMG] Grains should not comprise more than 10% of the birds’ overall diet.
     
  10. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much for all the info! I will deffinetly only feed a little bit from now on.
     

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