Scratch or Mash

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Claudias Coop, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. Claudias Coop

    Claudias Coop Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2010
    I am currently feeding my Leghorn & Amerucana Laying Crumble
    It has been suggested I use Scratch or Mash.
    Should I use one, two, all 3? Or stay with my Crumbles?
  2. bluere11e

    bluere11e Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2011
    West Palm Beach
    My humble opinion is no scratch at all.. give them black oil sunflower seeds or a low corn wild bird seed. I worry about the GMO corn and what it'll do to my chickens in the long run, and to the eggs, in the even longer run.. myself and family
  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Scratch is not feed, it is more of a "treat". It doesn't have the balanced diet that chicken feed does. Do you not like the feed you are giving them now? It sounds like you are feeding them the right stuff unless your chickens are not laying yet. If they aren't laying yet they should be on a grow out food.
  4. Claudias Coop

    Claudias Coop Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2010
    I am happy with the Crumbles. My 6 mo. Leghorn is Hyper, eats all day & lays daily
    My 1 year old Amerucana is totally mellow, tame, eats as needed & does not lay at all.
    If scratch is a treat, what is Mash?
    Having a real hard time finding another pullet/Hen to buy.
    Morgan Hill, CA.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2011

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