free choice scratch?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by sydney13, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the label it says to offer scratch free choice to layer hens. I would imagine if my hens had free choice to scratch they would pig out on it and forget about their layer pellets. Then again it's getting pretty cold out and i know the scratch is supposed to help raise their body temperature. So what do you think, ok to offer scratch free choice?
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Shocked!!! Shocked, I tell you that a feed company would put directions like that on a bag in hopes of pushing more feed and increased sales.
    What is the world coming to?[​IMG]
     
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  3. Sassafras

    Sassafras Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think your first instinct is correct. Mine get a few hand fulls a day which they eat in a few minutes.
     
  4. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no....scratch is not food...they need the layer feed...I throw mine a little every few days...they beg for it, but I don't feed it daily...they do get BOSS more than scratch...shame on the feed company for labeling it that way!
     
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    That's really kind of silly. I mean, "Here chickies, have this nice bowl of candy, or this sensible meal!"

    Hey, I'm goin' for the candy every time! [​IMG]
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Scratch is simply the grains used in chicken feed, why oh why do folks think it is so bad for chickens?? What magic ingredients do you all think are in chicken feed?? Scratch is not complete of course. Some layer feeds are 20-22% and actually say to feed half & half with free choice scratch. Just saying, most feed is a good percentage of corn, but people seem to think corn will kill your birds. JMHO
     
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Scratch is simply the grains used in chicken feed, why oh why do folks think it is so bad for chickens?? What magic ingredients do you all think are in chicken feed?? Scratch is not complete of course. Some layer feeds are 20-22% and actually say to feed half & half with free choice scratch. Just saying, most feed is a good percentage of corn, but people seem to think corn will kill your birds. JMHO

    no one says it will kill them, in fact last year, before I knew better...I had 9 "pullets", ended up all being roos...scratch is all I fed when I stopped starter/grower...I didn't know it wasn't food....they did fine...I re-homed them all....I think we all feed it is a treat to be tossed on the ground and not fed as a singular diet...like potato chips....
     
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Quote:Scratch is simply the grains used in chicken feed, why oh why do folks think it is so bad for chickens?? What magic ingredients do you all think are in chicken feed?? Scratch is not complete of course. Some layer feeds are 20-22% and actually say to feed half & half with free choice scratch. Just saying, most feed is a good percentage of corn, but people seem to think corn will kill your birds. JMHO

    I've always been told that scratch grains just aren't a complete balanced diet for chickens. And they love it so much, thus the candy reference. [​IMG]
     
  9. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well in that case i'll just stick to throwing a bit down each day [​IMG]
     
  10. Clay Mudd

    Clay Mudd Chillin' With My Peeps

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