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Scratch and Mash now I'm confused

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Crest Acres Girl, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. Crest Acres Girl

    Crest Acres Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Recently read a post about scratch being hot because of corn, the mash I buy for my chickies have cracked/crushed corn in it?....and its the only feed available for purchase 13 bucks for 50lbs bag...Do I have a problem here?


    Also can quails eat the same mash as chickens? or do they need game feed?
     
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  2. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Mash is just another type of feed besides pellets. I think there is some corn in all feed, but the mash/pellets have other nutrients that chooks need for health.

    Scratch, on the other hand, is cracked corn and other grains that chooks eat as a snack, usually in colder weather because of the high count of corn, which causes a chook to heat up a bit.

    Think candy when you use scratch for your chickens, not too much. [​IMG]
     
  3. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:CORN DOES NOT CAUSE A BIRD TO HEAT UP!!!!!!!

    This is an old wives tale.

    Jim
     
  4. 2boxers

    2boxers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Lord, if it did, my Roo would have heated himself up till he exploded yesterday [​IMG]
     
  5. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    West TN
    Does corn cause weight gain?
    ~Rebecca
     
  6. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay :

    Quote:CORN DOES NOT CAUSE A BIRD TO HEAT UP!!!!!!!

    This is an old wives tale.

    Jim

    Ok I'm an old wife. [​IMG] sorry. Someone needs to change that info then.​
     
  7. tvtaber

    tvtaber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, corn has lots of sugar and not much nutrition, so it would cause weight gain eventually. Disagree? Look around a school yard some day and see what feeding processed corn to our kids has done for them!
     
  8. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It is believed that corn causes the bird to produce more energy to process it, thus creating more body heat. It is typically recommended as a supplemental treat in cold climates and not to be used as a primary feed ration, altho most feeds do contain some corn.

    Jody
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Yes the corn adds more fat on the birds. The heat up is were people feed more corn for winter. More fat to keep the bird warm.

    Thus the" Feed corn to heat up the birds."
     
  10. Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay

    Lazy J Farms Feed & Hay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Jody:

    Your assessments are incorrect, Corn is a very highly digestible feed ingredient that require little energy to be metabolized. It does NOT increase body temperature because it is soe readily digestible.

    Jim
     

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