I'm very new to raising chickens. I did research for over a year before I got my first chicks a little over a week ago. I've tried hard to educate myself as well as possible to avoid any obvious pitfalls, but I am still fuzzy on some of the lingo. Today's question is: What exactly qualifies as "scratch?" I've read that it is cracked corn and grains, but the organic scratch sold locally doesn't have any corn in it. Is "scratch" just a catch-all term for treats you throw on the ground for them to scratch at? Or does it have to meet certain criteria before it is considered "scratch?" For instance, I've never heard anyone refer to mealworms as "scratch" even though they are often fed the same way. I realize that the word itself is not nearly as important as the nutritional value; however, I am not seeking nutritional advice in this thread. I currently feed medicated starter crumble to my chicks with organic starter as their "scratch" to help them learn to come when I call them. What I'm curious about here is the commonly accepted meaning of the term "scratch" so that I know if I am using and understanding it correctly. (I am a writer and occasionally obsess over word usage, lol.) So tell me, please, what do you mean by the word "scratch" when talking about feeding chickens?