I couldn't help myself...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joebwe25, Sep 26, 2007.

  1. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Songster

    Feb 1, 2007
    St. Louis, Mo.
    [​IMG] I don't why I did it. [​IMG]
    I want to feed the girls healthy.
    Could I buy scratch and feed them eggshells?
    And is there anything else I should feed them besides the poultry pellets?
    Thanks for any answers.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2007
  2. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    Umm joe i feed my gurls/ boy scrach/horese sweet feed and layer food and they are free range so the git grit from the ground. scratch will no hurt them i repeat scrach will not hurt them !!!
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    Uh...........whats the worry about scratch? [​IMG]
  4. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    Joe they love scratch. I feed it to my gang in the winter for their treat.
  5. allen wranch

    allen wranch Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    San Marcos, TX
    Scratch is not a blend of complete nutrition and shouldn't be their primary food. It usually has a lot of corn in it which is high in carbs and can make the girls fat. Fat hens sometimes become egg bound.

    However, a lot of people, including myself, feed scratch as a treat. Like anything else, just don't overdo it. In the winter, and hand full of scratch before bedtime seems to keep the chooks warmer.
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I do what Carla does, but I also use it as a training tool to call them back from wherever they're ranging. When I shake the can, they come from wherever they happen to be, running/flying/squawking. I get them into the pen and throw a handful so I'm not just "crying wolf". They know what's in the Magic Red Coffee Can and it's works like a charm. There are also scratch mixes that have less corn and more of different grains and sunflower seeds that are slightly better for them. Naturally, they cost more though.
  7. joebwe25

    joebwe25 Songster

    Feb 1, 2007
    St. Louis, Mo.
    Well should I have bought the poultry pellets instead?
    And if I feed the layer/poultry pellets do I still have to also feed egg shells?
  8. k625

    k625 Songster

    Aug 14, 2007
    Which is better to feed as a treat, or a snack before bed time, scratch, or cracked corn? Also, what time do you guys put your chicks/chickens to bed at night? Mine seem to start calling for me around 7:30, and that is usually when I put them in their house.
  9. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    joebwe25 : The poultry pellets.....are they layer feed? If your gals are laying..they really need layer feed. As for the egg shells....offer them or oyster shell....free choice. They will only eat what they know they need. The scratch is "candy" for them. Not good for primary feed. I give mine scratch or cracked corn when the nights get cooler...for a bedtime treat. In the winter they get scratch/cracked corn every night before putting them to bed. Like Cynthias chicks...mine KNOW the red coffee can....and come running and squaking..wanting the treats!
    As for "putting them to bed" Mine go in about 7ish...once they put themselves to bed, I close it up.

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