Scratch or cracked corn?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MagsC, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Okay, I am confused, do you use scratch when temps start to get colder or cracked corn or does scratch have cracked corn in it?
    My chicks are on medicated starter now.
  2. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Songster

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Our scratch contains cracked corn...
  3. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    That's a good question. Here in South Florida I don't have to worry about keeping chickens warm, so I just give them cracked corn for an occasional treat. The cracked corn is cheaper than the mixed scratch, which has corn & other grains & seeds mixed together. I use it for training purposes, to reward them for coming when I shake some scratch in a can.

    With chicks I would give them just a little, for training or for a treat, I think they should eat mostly their chick starter to help them grow.
  4. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    Be careful about givng scratch or cracked corn to the little ones. We lost two polish chicks from giving them one brand of scratch.I now use Nutrena it is called scratch grains. it is much finer and easier to digest. Mine are spoiled I give it to them in the evening while I am collecting eggs. I limit giving it to the younger ones though. How old are yours.

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