Cracked Corn vs. Scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by keaniebeanie, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. keaniebeanie

    keaniebeanie In the Brooder

    May 18, 2009
    I am a newbie in this department. I have been feeding grower crumbles but now that the nights are getting cooler want to supplement something in the evenings to help them stay warm. I stopped at the grain store to get some scratch and they were out so I got the cracked corn. Will that help them stay warmer overnight if I give it to them in the evening as a treat?

  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    It should help. Cracked corn is one of the main ingredients in scratch, I think.
  3. Cracked corn is $2 a bag cheaper than scratch here, and there are several things in the scratch that mine don't like. They always go for the corn first, the millet, or some other seed last. So I buy the cracked corn. If I had a way to crack the corn myself, I'd buy the whole corn, or corn that's still on the cob! I know they can eat whole kernals as well without a problem.

    Mine get a bedtime snack of cracked corn right before hopping onto the roost. And if I'm a bit late getting out to close them up, the ones on the roost will hop down for their corn when they see me.
  4. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    My chickens only eat the corn out of scratch, the rest is wasted. If you can find a hand- crank food mill, the kind that clamps onto a table, it will grind the corn. It's not easy, but think of it as strength training with more benefits than working out at the gym!

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