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Scratch and Peck or New Country Organic grower?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Cake, May 20, 2016.

  1. Chicken Cake

    Chicken Cake Out Of The Brooder

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    I’ve been feeding S&P but can get NCO for half the price locally. One hen has been laying for 2 weeks and another will start any day. They get oyster shell on the side. I’m adding 10&12 week (as of tomorrow) pullets and want to stick with grower for now. NCO has corn until you move up to layer, and I’m under the impression corn is not wanted during the summer. Although it is not high on the ingredient list.

    http://www.scratchandpeck.com/shop/naturally-free-grower/

    http://www.newcountryorganics.com/s...d/grower-broiler-50-pounds.html#product-tabs1

    Would I be better off to stick with S&P or try NCO and spend the money on corn free scratch that I can also sprout? They already get at least 4 hours of free range a day and mealworms to round them up but I plan to vary the treats.

    http://www.scratchandpeck.com/shop/naturally-free-scratch/
     
  2. TabITSWD

    TabITSWD Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd be interested in hearing how it goes if you switch. And hearing from anyone feeding NCO regularly. I can't get NCO for much cheaper after shipping, its fairly similar to what I pay for S&P.
    An alternative that's a little less pricey would be great.

    I too, am on Scratch & Peck grower for all birds over 8 weeks and then allow the hens calcium on the side.
    I love their 3 grain scratch, but I mix in NCO's whole and cracked corn in the fall/winter. I like to be able to vary the amount of corn in response to how cold it is or isn't.

    I tried a lot of feeds before choosing and much of it was based on what I saw on the droppings board. Also, mine don't seem to want anything else, I've put other feeds down side-by-side as an option but they always go for the fermented S&P mash. By now, thats probably just habit, birds will eat what they're given when they're hungry.
     
  3. Chicken Cake

    Chicken Cake Out Of The Brooder

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    I’m still thinking. Half price would be great but corn for summer, maybe not so much.

    On the other hand… I could do a lot with sprouting or fermenting S&P and just use NCO grower in the current feeder as 24 hour back up.
     

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