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feeding question here HELP please

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by wilsonfarm416, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. wilsonfarm416

    wilsonfarm416 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 5 chickens that are about 10 weeks old. We are going to put sand in the run so here are my questions:)

    So I am new to this and I have a couple feeding questions #1-should I have a feeder inside and one outside the coop? #2- what is the difference between feed and scratch? #3- if they have sand in the run do I still need to offer grit?
     
  2. tojo555

    tojo555 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new at raising chicks and the person I got them from said to put (1) teaspoon of clorox per (1) gal. of water for them. Is this ok and what does it do?
    Thanks
    Going back to the good ole days.
     
  3. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Georgia
    Quote:1. Might depend somewhat on the size/construction of the coop and run. I have two feeders inside so they don't get rained on but my coop is completely open on the front.

    2. Scratch is feed that is (usually) whole or cracked grains, around here mostly cracked corn and whole wheat. Probably what you are calling "feed" is a more processed product that has any number of different ingredients all ground up and made into crumbles or pellets. It is more of a complete feed whereas the scratch is not.

    3. Conventional wisdom is that sand is not coarse enough to function well as grit. If they are fed processed feed they don't need grit.
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:
    #1-should I have a feeder inside and one outside the coop?

    I prefer inside where it is protected from the weather.
    #2- what is the difference between feed and scratch?

    Scratch is a mixture of grains that is usually less protein and not as complete as the regular feed.
    #3- if they have sand in the run do I still need to offer grit?

    If you are going to use sand in your run I would recommend using Builder's or Purpose Sand is is far better than "Play Sand" also Builder's and Purpose Sand will work as a grit they are larger and coarser than "Play Sand".

    Chris​
     
  5. wilsonfarm416

    wilsonfarm416 Out Of The Brooder

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    Do any of you mix the grit in with the feed or do you offer it separate? Any preferences?
     
  6. wilsonfarm416

    wilsonfarm416 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not heard of this but I am curious of what more experienced keepers would say
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  7. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    I don't put anything in the water, but I have a closed 5 gallon bucket with nipples on the bottom so nothing gets in the bucket except fresh water. We clean the bucket bout 3-4 times per year. When I had open pans of water I would just hose them out before re-filling to keep them clean.
     

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