Scratch needed if they're free range?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by aka Rachel, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Do free range chickens need added scratch in the summer? Or will just mash and treats do?

  2. portlandpeeps

    portlandpeeps Songster

    Apr 13, 2007
    Portland Oregon
    Hi, and welcome! I always give my free range hens access to layer food all the time. I also give them occasional treats of fruit, veggies and cracked corn.

    Hope this helps answer your question.
  3. TM Chickens

    TM Chickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Chickens never need scrach. It's like chicken candy. So your birds should be just fine.
  4. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    I give it to them occassionally as a treat.
  5. Great, thanks [​IMG]
  6. firstchicken

    firstchicken In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2009
    Washington State
    Mine love dandelion leaves (delicacy)[​IMG]
    I give it to them when their in the coop and they love it.......
  7. mdbokc

    mdbokc Songster

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    I used scratch to sort of train the girls where I wanted them to spend their time, even though they are free to go where they want. Makes it much easier to keep track of them when multitasking outside.

  8. mendogurl

    mendogurl Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    Quote:Can you explain more what you were trying to do, and how you did it?
  9. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    Quote:I tend to do the same thing, to keep them on my side of the road because they sometimes wonder. I will throw the scratch down on the side of the house in the grass to keep them busy over there and away from the front of the house and the road. I throw about one handful for each bird.
  10. Dinkadoo

    Dinkadoo Songster

    May 1, 2009
    South Carolina
    I bought scratch to try to train my girls to stay in a certain area. But alas they could care less about the scratch. maybe it will grow on them. [​IMG]

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