Newbie Question

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by WildflowerJLH, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    What is the difference between "scratch" and "mash"? Right now, I have 2 x 5-week old chicks and 4 x 10 day old chicks. All are given starter crumbles to supplement their foraging.

    Thanks, in advance, for helping a newbie out.
     
  2. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Simply put, mash is a type of feed and scratch is more like a treat given less often.
     
  3. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK, so what is the difference in the content/ingredients?
     
  4. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I'll do my best to answer this!

    Mash is the same as pellet feed. Pretty much it's the consistency that makes it mash (powdery). Mash is what pellets & crumble are made from, just in its original form.

    Scratch consists of things like corn chops, grains, seeds, etc...
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Mash is a complete ration
    Most Scratch Grains mixes are a in-complete ration

    Chris
     
  6. WildflowerJLH

    WildflowerJLH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for all of the help! I think I get it now.
     

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