Homemade Scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by michickenwrangler, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    I make my scratch--whole oats, cracked corn and whole sunflower seeds.

    For those of you who make your own, what do you mix in?
  2. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    I'd like to make my own. I'm a new chicken owner with an exploding population (5 pens, 2 tractors, 2 incubators, all full), and I just bought my First bag of scratch. It's not labled, so I don't know what the little brown balls are that no one eats. I'd leave those out if I could....
  3. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    my Mix

    25 lbs of oats
    15 lbs whole seed oat
    25 lbs cracked corn
    1 10lb bag of wild bird seed
    5 lbs of flax seed
  4. chickon baby

    chickon baby Songster

    Mar 26, 2009
    st charles
    Question about "scratch"??? Is scratch a treat for the chicks? Do you give that as a extra along with the layer feed?? What is crumbles?? Mine get layer feed w/the grit mixed in.I keep that available 24/7. They also get dried oats w/apples every am and then safflower seeds for a treat.Occasionally they get left over wheat bread and of course garden scraps.I tried the yogurt and they did not like it at all.They do love the watermelon and corn on the cob.Guess they are spoiled because they dont care for other veggies and Im not sure what fruits they can have other than apples.I would like to try other treats for them and I think they would like the scratch.Thet are 17 mos.old. Thanks,Chickon baby
  5. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    crumble is just the size the feed come in, there mash which more powder, crumble, broken up pettles, then pellet,

    i really like pellet, so much doesn't go to waste,

    starch is like a treat of grains, i give mine egg girls it 3 to 4 times a week, as for veg and fruit i give it when i ever i have it, and in the summer its every day, i give enough that they will with in 5 mins

    you dont mix feed with starch,

    i just throw the starch on the ground and they eat up that way.

    if your chickens are free range or have access to dirt they really dont need grit in their feed, i only add grit in the winter
    I dont give mine yogurt at all, if they need acidodphlies (sorry speilling). i give that in either a electrolyte powder in their water, or i will add some to their feed.
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    Right now I'm mixing black oil sunflower seeds, no corn 16% Moyer's pigeon mix (3 kinds of feed peas, millet, canary seed, milo, wheat & a few other things, lentils & split peas & another mix that is 12% and has niger, millet, shelled sunflower & some other stuff. I just like to feed variety and keep the protein percent high enough not to water down the 19% gamebird feed too much. I like them to eat the grains so they don't have to eat just prepared food! They seem to enjoy their afternoon treats.
  7. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    yes those chickens do love their treats [​IMG]
  8. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Songster

    May 12, 2009
    Let's see, the homemade scratch I have right now has:

    black oil sunflower seeds
    sunflower seeds
    cracked corn
    hard red wheat berries
    bulgur wheat
    pumpkin seeds
    flax seed

    Such spoiled chickens. Now lay me some eggs!!

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