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

    Jul 20, 2009
    Southern California
    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]
  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

    Aug 18, 2008
    Olympia WA
    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

    Jul 20, 2009
    Southern California
    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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