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Feeding Scratch and pellets

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bizzeeb60, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. bizzeeb60

    bizzeeb60 Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 8, 2008
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    Hey there everyone. I am so glad I visit this place so often I have learned Soo much!

    First of all I decided to change from laying mash to pellets thinking maybe the hens were not actually eating enough....surprise I seem to be using much less and they seem to be atually eating much more (not so much wasted now)

    Second, I decided to stop giving them the scratch grains, thinking maybe that was interferring with their egg laying!
    Well to my surprise as I was browsing the forum, I learned thjat scratch should not be fed to the hens in warm/hot weather ( of course we get alot of this in FL) as it heats up their bodies, thus limiting the egg production.....since I stopped with the scratch about a month ago, egg production has definately improved.

    Thanks so much fellow BYC members, you are always so helpful.

    [​IMG] HAPPY EASTER to all.. [​IMG]
     
  2. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    That is great news! As much as we want to give them treats like scratch, a good balanced laying feed is best for them and their egg production. Although watching them go absoultely crazy over a small handful of scratch is still awesome. A little in moderation won't hurt them.
     
  3. bizzeeb60

    bizzeeb60 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I used to mix some scratch in with a treat of raisins, dried cranberries and apples, now I just mix in a little of the laying pellets. They still seem to like the extra treats.
     

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