SCRATCH PROBLEM, I NEED HELP!!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by eggchicken master, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. eggchicken master

    eggchicken master Out Of The Brooder

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    ok, i have about 18 chickens and whenever i walk past the chicken coop to check on them they croud up and beg for scratch and i cant stand to see my chickens uncomfertable,(sorry about spelling) so i give in and i know its bad to have fat hens but it makes them happy! any tips?[​IMG]
     
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Feed them grass instead.

    Remember a fat hen will stop laying eggs.
     
  3. eggchicken master

    eggchicken master Out Of The Brooder

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    i should have thought of that, thanks kitty!!!![​IMG]
     
  4. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2008
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    They are not uncomfortable, they are just greedy! If you give them too much scratch then they will get fat and be really uncomfortable! [​IMG]
    They are not as smart as you so you have to be the responsible one!
    I know we just want to spoil them rotten, but we have to take good care of them too. That means not overfeeding them...try giving them smaller amounts when you do give scratch.
    I hope you get it worked out.[​IMG]
    ~Rebecca
     
  5. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Or give them other treats that have less calories than scratch - Leftovers from watermelon, berries, grass, veggies, etc. You'll figure out what they prefer and what they don't.

    I understand - it is easy to spoil them.
     
  6. eggchicken master

    eggchicken master Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks guys i'll be more responsable,[​IMG]
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Just remember scratch are treats. [​IMG]
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I also give them vegie scraps except potato peels. I grow a lot of produce so rather than throw it out before it goes bad I give it to the girls. I grow a lot of watermellon, they love it! [​IMG]
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    We had a week of rain & several of my yellow squash rotted right on the vine.

    [​IMG] & [​IMG] for me
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] for the chickens

    After seeing what they'll eat and get excited about, I'm no longer tempted to get crickets for them at the pet store!
     
  10. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I planted zucchini (green and yellow) to feed the chickens. I only use a few of what grows, so they get the rest. I just split one of the squash in half and they peck at it for a couple days. We also give them grass clippings (we don't use anything harmful on the grass!!) and they just love those. I use a little corn as scratch, but not very much...just a handful scattered over the coop floor mixed with a handful of grit every once in a while. We also give them lettuce butts, leftover watermelon and cantaloupe. Something with a rind seems to keep them the busiest and they seem to like it the best.
     

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