CRUMBLE OR SCRATCH

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sam Royall, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Sam Royall

    Sam Royall New Egg

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    I HAVE A QUESTION I HAVE A 50 LB. FEEDER IN MY COOP THAT I KEEP FILLED WITH LAYING CRUMBLES I JUST ADDED A 25 LB. FEEDER THAT I FILL WITH HEN SCRATCH, THE HENS SEEM TO LIKE THE SCRATCH MORE THAN THE LAYING CRUMBLES.
    MY QUESTION IS WILL MY EGG PRODUCTION STAY THE SAME WITH THE GIRLS ON SCRATCH AS THE CRUMBLES??
    SAM IN CONROE TEXAS
     
  2. JadedPhoenix

    JadedPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The scratch isn't as nutritious as the laying blend. Scratch is usually used as a treat. Throw a little out to them but keep the laying crumble or pellets in their feeders for the continuous feeding. Of course, I usually get grains like oats to my girls since there is less waste. Oats get wet, the sprout and they eat them. Crumbles or pellets get wet, they are useless. :(
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Hey Sam.

    Scratch isn't really intended to be fed through a feeder. Just toss a wee bit, now and then, for them to "scratch at" thus the name. It isn't a complete feed. It can impact their over all well being and yes, their egg laying, if that's all they gorge on for a week or two. And…. gorge they will. Like kids getting hooked on McDonalds and avoiding their good food, fruits and vegetables. Pretty much the same.

    Might want to check that keyboard, looks like you Caps Lock key got stuck again. I hate when happens to me. [​IMG]
     
  4. cstronks

    cstronks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the birds eat too much of the scratch, then the eggs will probably have thinner shells and be very fragile. The hens will probably still eat some layer feed, but they will more than likely go after the scratch. I would remove the scratch feeder and simply offer it as a treat.
     
  5. RazeNCain

    RazeNCain Out Of The Brooder

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    For the winter we mixed in a 5lb bag of scratch into a 50lb bag of layer feed. Getting 5-6 eggs consecutively each day with only 6 hens.
     

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