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Is scratch ok?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chknman79, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. chknman79

    chknman79 Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 25, 2007
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    I have 17 chickens that are 12 weeks old and 11 that are 8.5 weeks old. I have been taking a couple scoops of scratch and spreading it in their run about twice a week. I have starter in a feeder for them free choice 24/7 so is the scratch ok? I do it because there is not alot fo grass left in the run and they need to scratch and peck. I have not seen much of a reduction in the amount of starter they are eating because of this. Just wondered. I guess I could just spread feed like I have the scratch instead if it aint good for them.
     
  2. ThunderStruck

    ThunderStruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should be fine for them as long as its just for the occasional treat. Just remember that scratch is only about 8% protein and mostly corn and millet which isnt really nutritionally sound. but the way your doing it seems fine to me. i give mine (4 pullets)about a handful a day or so and i think they think that its like crack to them.
     
  3. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    HI there, usually in the warmer months I don't offer any scratch to my chickens. Along with what ThunderStruck said, corn is better given when it's winter time beacause it makes the chickens hot, I don't know exactly why maybe because of the starch in it??? Maybe someone can explain that to ya better than me.Anyways, I don't think it'll hurt them just in small amounts.
    Miriam
     

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