Feeding

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by meowoui, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. meowoui

    meowoui Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    is it necessary to feed our hens 3 grain scratch everyday outside of them getting their layer feed, they roam the yard all day,
    getting the bugs and whatever else the find.
    Thanks
    Karen
     
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no it is just a treat, all treats shouldn't exceed 10% of their diet, so no they are not necessary
     
  3. meowoui

    meowoui Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good, I think the only one that it was benefiting was the feed store.
    Thank you for your help
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep no problem, I mix some scratch into their feed to bulk it up a bit that way it doesn't cost me as much per lb, it sounds counter-intuitive but it is a cheap addition.
     
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  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It in not necessary at all to feed scratch grains. It is considered a treat.
    Most layer rations are around 16% protein so if you consider adding the grains to their feed be sure to check that the grain doesn't dilute the protein level (ie generally scratch grains are low in protein).
    A better way is to limit how much scratch is given (about a tsp per bird), offer some fruit, veggies and greens.
     

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