Do you ever let your meat birds eat scratch?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by ssledoux, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. ssledoux

    ssledoux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    My barred silvers are running in the barn now (not quite ready to give them full access to the pasture because they are still a little small). The hens sleep in there at night so their feeder stays in there. The meat birds love to get over there and sneak the hens' feed when I let them out to free-range. I'm just wondering if this will hurt my boys.
  2. chicks for better health

    chicks for better health Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2008
    West Glenville, NY
    I don't think it will hurt them. Last year I free ranged my meat birds, after 6 weeks I let them have some scratch as well. I didn't have any problems
  3. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    We have a hanging feeder 24/7 for our 13 white rock meat chickens and I also throw 3 cups of scratch daily for them. Scratch = bird seed & small pieces of cracked corn. I also throw them some toast every other day or so, along with any left over cornbread. We feel that the more we feed them the more they will grow and a variety is always better. I also fed them slighty warm oatmeal every other evening before bed. They love that.
  4. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2008
    I switch mine to all scratch two weeks before butcher, they also have access to a run that is grass covered.
    I can only fine medicated feed in my area so I want all traces of the medication out of their system before I eat them.
    It's probably my imagination but I think the meat is better too.
  5. Riparian

    Riparian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2008
    Ontario Canada
    Quote:what kind of meatbirds were they? cornish x, reds or a dual purpose? how did they turn out?
  6. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    I give my Cornish-Rocks a little scratch in addition to high protein starter. They eat the scratch first, of course. It's like candy!
  7. jjparke

    jjparke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    LOL my cornishx would only eat feed in the feeder. I could throw whatever in to them and they would just look at it. They wouldn't even eat their own feed off the ground. Stupid chickens.
  8. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    I feed mine meat makers and scratch...If I run out of meat makers they may be on scratch for a day or so until I get to the feed mill
  9. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan
    Many years ago when I raised meat birds I fed them chick starter for the first 5 weeks and then mixed whole corn with it and incrested the whole corn to 100% when they were about 13 weeks and butched them at 17 weeks. They had no pin feathers and were much better eating then turkey for thankgiving. They all dressed over 10#.

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