How do YOU use scratch??????

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nomoq, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. nomoq

    nomoq In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2011
    Elk Grove CA
    I just bought my first bag of scratch. My chickens are about three months old and have been eating only chick starter feed. (other than bugs) I am not sure how to properly use the scratch. Do I mix it in with their starter feed? Do I toss some into their run?

    Any feedback is appreciated...

  2. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Scratch is a treat, pure and simple. Think of it as junk food/candy for chickens. They love it and will gladly gobble it up, but it should be used sparingly as a treat - not as a nutrition replacement. [​IMG]
  3. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Songster

    Jul 5, 2011
    I just toss it on the ground and they pick and scratch at it as they please
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I toss it in the mossy parts of the lawn. That way they can help with the yardwork.

  5. hcppam

    hcppam Songster

  6. gale65

    gale65 Songster

    I throw in a couple of handfuls but not every day-only when I don't have a better treat on hand. Right now our scratch is wheat seed with a few rabbit pellets in it. DH is supposed to give me some cracked corn the next time he grinds corn for the cattle but he forgets. He also saved me all the stuff he cleaned out of the trailer hoppers (we grow crops) but since the last crop was wheat, that's mostly what it is.
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Songster

    Sep 27, 2010
    It is a treat, I toss it on the ground at night, so they know its about bed time, by 8pm they are in the coop and settled in...
    It is not food, so don't mix it with the rest of your feed. Corn keeps the chickens warm, so winter and cold months are a great time to feed this item also.
  8. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Port Washington, WI
    I mix my scratch with wheat as well. And for my birds at my house (15) they get at night when i feed and hay the rabbits.

    My 150 hens at the farm I rent only get scratch in the winter when they are in the hoop house. I take a seed spreader and fill half way and walk up and down the hoop house in early eve while I collect eggs.
  9. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    In the summer I use BOSS & only give it to the birds right before they roost. Mine free range so I want them to eat bugs all day. I use the boss to lure them into the coop. In the winter I mixes BOSS with scratch & feed it to them the same way. The birds need more fat in the winter. I'm careful not to over feed this treat . I don't want to disrupt their protein intake.
  10. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I don't.

    I give BOSS and old-fashioned, rolled oats (dry) for treats.

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