Feeding scratch in hot weather

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Karen 2739, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. Karen 2739

    Karen 2739 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've read to not feed scratch during hot weather but, I could not see why. Is it too tough to digest?
     
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    There's an old wives tale that scratch (corn in particular) is a "hot feed" meaning that it will make your birds hot.

    It's not true. It's a misunderstanding of the carbohydrate content of the feed (high) and the belief that it will raise their body temperature. It doesn't.

    But unless you're feeding a ration that has a goodly protein content or they have access to good free range you still wouldn't want to feed a lot of scratch so as to not dilute their protein intake which in turn can lower their egg production.
     
  3. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    A.T. Hagan :

    There's an old wives tale that scratch (corn in particular) is a "hot feed" meaning that it will make your birds hot.

    It's not true. It's a misunderstanding of the carbohydrate content of the feed (high) and the belief that it will raise their body temperature. It doesn't.

    But unless you're feeding a ration that has a goodly protein content or they have access to good free range you still wouldn't want to feed a lot of scratch so as to not dilute their protein intake which in turn can lower their egg production.

    x2!​
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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