oh no ; I don't think I'm feeding them correctly

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by California Girls, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. California Girls

    California Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh dear; I hope that I am wrong; I'm only feeding my chickens - 5 months now scratch. I usually find a treat from the night before to give; rice, fruit, or other vegetable. What should I be feeding the girls?
    If this helps, sometimes the poop is a ball of brown goop, sometimes it is hard and easy to sweep off the patio.
    I hope this isn't making them unhealthy, please help.[​IMG]
    Thanks
     
  2. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    you should be feeding them starter or layer if they are laying yet. Scratch should be just a treat or supplement to their regular diet. Fruit and veg are good too as a supplement.
     
  3. chookchick

    chookchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like they are free-ranging? If so, they have probably been able to supplement their diet quite a bit. No big harm done--get them some layer feed, and keep scratch down to 10% or less of their diet.
     
  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Layer Crumbles would be the best diet for them probably. [​IMG]

    Dont stress about feeding them scratch for that long though, because I fed scratch for at LEAST 2 years before I found this forum... No harm done.
     
  5. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    They should have a nutritionally complete feed out for them 24/7, but like others said if they are ranging on the yard then they are probably doing ok.

    Scratch is just a treat. Great for making them friendly or getting them to come up to you or go in the pen.
     
  6. California Girls

    California Girls Out Of The Brooder

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    yes, they do free range in my yard all day. I'll go to the feed barn tomorrow and get them on a more sound diet. Thanks for the help.
     

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