Chicken Scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sharon Bee, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Sharon Bee

    Sharon Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi: I am just wondering how much chicken scratch I should feed my 11 chicks who are now almost 5 months old now. I throw them a few handfulls in the morning and then later in the afternoon as they look to me for more when I come into their coop and run. Is this too much?

    I am getting about 6 to 7 eggs now per day! yeaaaaa.
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If you feed a commercial food, generally they say that treats should not exceed 10% of the diet so you don't unbalance it too much, and most treats like scratch tend to be lower in protein than their regular food. Most Layer is around 16%. If they free range or you feed a higher protein % food you maybe able to get away with more. Sounds like they are laying nicely for you already.
     
  3. Sharon Bee

    Sharon Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm feeding them layer food now. I also throw in some grass for them to scratch. We don't have a good setup for them outside yet. My husband has to make fence higher with a netting over top so they can't fly out. I have a little run inside the carriage house for them and they seem to stay in which leads to their coop inside the carriage house. Once in awhile i find one outside of the fence and she is usually anxious to get back in with the others.
     
  4. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch is more of a treat or a winter addition. You don't need to feed it to them unless you want to when you have them on a good layer feed.
    Caroline
     

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