How much is too much??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Bigjohn840, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Bigjohn840

    Bigjohn840 In the Brooder

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    I have flock of 15 and I was wondering how much scratch is too much I have a feeder that they use that has pellets and I throw scratch feed out as well and I was wondering if scratch is a every day thing or is that too frequent??
     
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  2. NoFlyBackFarm

    NoFlyBackFarm Crowing

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    Uhhh... Scratch feed?
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    I feed some scratch twice a day. I personally feed a higher protein ration which gives me a bit of leeway to feed the lower protein scratch. I can't really say the amount I feed as it isn't an exact science with me. I toss some out in different areas. If you are feeding a 16% ration you should severely limit the scratch. I like scratch as a behavioral enrichment, as well as it allows me to observe my birds and see they are all doing okay.
     
  4. NoFlyBackFarm

    NoFlyBackFarm Crowing

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    WHAT IS SCRATCH FEED!?
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    It's generally a mix of corn, oats, and wheat, but can be any mix of grains you toss out that chickens scratch around for. It's different than a ration which should always be available, and should always be fed in a feeder, and not tossed on the ground.
     
  6. NoFlyBackFarm

    NoFlyBackFarm Crowing

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    Ohhhhhhh! thank you
     
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  7. Bigjohn840

    Bigjohn840 In the Brooder

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    Ok thank you very much
     
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  8. Melky

    Melky Crowing

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    Scratch is considered a treat and should be limited to or not exceed 10% of total diet from feed. The feed has the protein and nutrients they need for growth and maintenance.
     
  9. SW31

    SW31 Songster

    I use scratch as a way to get my hens back into their electronic run after I let them free range under my supervision. It’s only used as a late afternoon treat, not part of their feed per se.
     
  10. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Crowing

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    I toss out a heaping 1/4 cup measure of Scratch Grains 20160818_181822.jpg for my three 2 1/2 year olds as a mid-morning treat scattered over a large area in their pen over top of leaves and straw.
    I also have seven 12 week olds that I started to offer Scratch to at 10 weeks scattered in their own pen. 20181105_091038.jpg I give less Scratch per bird, the same heaping 1/4 cup measure as a mid-morning snack.
    I added a 7# bag of Cardinal mix to 25# of Scratch. Not shown in Pic. GC
     
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