Chicken Scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Suess hens, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Altadena, CA
    What is it good for? When would you feed this?

    I have 5 chickens (which will be 4 when the rooster crows...he gets a new home). They free range most of the day (the get about 8 hours out in a fenced garden). Could I feed them scratch grains until the girls begin to lay?
  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    The general consensus is that scratch is only for a treat.

    When I give my birds scratch I just throw it out on the ground in the late afternoon and the chickens scratch.

    My feeling is that it can be part of a balanced diet combined with ranging, table and other food scraps, and some sort of commercial or custom made feed .

    Many in the "old days" fed their chickens scratch and scraps. If you do this your birds will survive but they will not thrive and will not be as healthy as they should be because they are not getting all the nutrients they need.

    I would not recommend just ranging and scratch. I would recommend some sort of formulated feed for their age with other supplements such as scratch and scraps.
  3. Suess hens

    Suess hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    Altadena, CA
    They do get scraps! And every other day they scrounge after I water and get some pretty good sized worms.
    I will stick with the chicken feed for now then.
  4. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I mix- #50 cracked corn,#50 cleaned oats,#50 feed wheat all together & i put it in one of those game feeders that scatters the feed. I have the clock set to scatter at 08:00am & 4:00pm it is cheap & the girls love the treet at a regulsr time ,when that deer feeder goes off they come a running!!
  5. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    Quote:My grandfather did this for his free rangers. Great idea [​IMG]
  6. Daycare Mom

    Daycare Mom Chickens, Cuddly and Delicious

    Apr 9, 2008
    Conklin, Michigan
    It is a great treat to get them to come in the run/coop at the end of the day when the free range. Just don't give them to much when it is hot out, it raises their body temp too much.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2008
  7. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Quote:That is a hotly debated subject with some other threads on the forum pertaining to it.
  8. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    I was told by an ol'timer that you get a better quality egg(richer yolks-golden not yellow) by feeding wheat.
    I do know that most here do not agree on feeding much scratch.
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Mine have access 24/7 to their food and water. I give them treats of scratch, (oats, sunflower seeds, once in awhile bird seed, cracked corn etc.), in small quanities as these are treats. I also give them vegies, fruits, most everything that I can grow. I do grow a lot of corn and watermelon especially, also tomatoes, squash, root crops, the list can go on. I feed them everything except potatoes. I figure they will eat what they want. I do free range them. I make sure they have plenty of grit and oyster shells. [​IMG]
  10. simba49450

    simba49450 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    i feed scratch as a treat in a very small metal pail and they get all eager, mine dont free range and i get them grass and sasafrass leaves etc and they love it, i give them a 1/2 cup of scratch a day for a treat and they love it. (yes i know my girls are spoiled but they are pets)

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