Chicken Scratch?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bedste, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    Is it good enough to use as a food or is it a treat?
  2. wherethebuffaloroam

    wherethebuffaloroam In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2009
    Brookneal, VA
    I use it purely as a daily treat. They has access to layer feed throughout the day.
  3. I think you're not supposed to use it as food because it is mostly corn, which is mostly starch and sugar. Young chickens especially need to have a particular nutritional balance, notably protein, which is not supplied by the scratch.

    I've read that it's used especially in the winter in cold areas because the corn = calories = warmth.

    That said, I give a handful to my 16-week-old chickens as an enticement to come into the coop at night. They love it [​IMG]
  4. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

    Apr 7, 2009
    It does not have enough nutritional value. I never use it but when asked about it I always say give it in small quantities as a treat only and only give it in early morning or late evening because it can raise the body temp of the birds. The birds love the stuff but it is the equivalent of handing out jolly ranchers to everyone.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2009
  5. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    About 10% - 15% scratch at most, as a rule of thumb.

    Some is good, lots is like chicken junk food.
  6. G Wiz Ranch

    G Wiz Ranch Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    Lompoc, CA
    I just bought 65 bags of layer and only 8 bags of scratch. It is just a treat, gets them in the coop, or gets them out from under my feet when working around them or lets me show off ALL my free rangers when company comes. Its like a horror movie with all these birds of many ages and breeds come running to one spot to get that treat.
  7. Bedste

    Bedste Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Cut n Shoot Texas
    Good to know!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: