Scratch question..?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by smokeykk, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so i have read somewhere, on a list of foods for chickens, that scratch is to be given only when its real cold out since it raises their body temp. Is this correct? And are there any other foods u know to be poisonious to chickens? I don't have chickens yet but i've been trying to get as much info as I can!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't want to mess up! [​IMG]
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    The body temp thing is a myth. All food raises body temp, scratch no more than any other. Scratch has less nutritional value than feed -- but chickens love it, it is like candy. So give it any time, but only as a treat.
     
  3. jenni22776rn

    jenni22776rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry..newbie chicken owner...is scratch sold as just that..chicken scratch? is that diffrent then crumbles? I used laying pellets before then switched to crumbles...
     
  4. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:THANK U!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:Scratch is just grains, 3, 5, or 7 grain mixes. OK to toss on the ground, once in a while, if you want them to dig up the earth in that area.

    Feed often comes in either pellets or crumbles. It is just the shape. It's a preference of the owner to feed either.
     
  6. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Scratch is different than layer pellets or crumbles. I think crumbles and pellets are about the same, unless they have a different protien supplement. Chicken Scratch is more of a treat, like, i guess small seeds and things... see below


    Scratch

    http://www.oklahomahistory.net/ttphotos9a/HenScratch013009.jpg


    Crumbles
    http://simplethrift.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/crumbles.jpg

    Pellets
    http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thu...stockphoto_11291547-chicken-layer-pellets.jpg

    Edited to say: Yes, chicken scratch is sold as chicken scratch i believe
     
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  7. jenni22776rn

    jenni22776rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good to know..always looking for treats for the ladies...thanks!
     
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Scratch is NOT a complete feed. Not even close. It is missing a huge portion of the minerals, vitamins, calcium and protein of layer feed.
     
  9. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fred's Hens :

    Scratch is NOT a complete feed. Not even close. It is missing a huge portion of the minerals, vitamins, calcium and protein of layer feed.

    Sry, forgot to say that too! [​IMG]
     
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I think scratch provides energy over a longer number of hours on the really long winter nights, because scratch is usually whole grains, instead of finely ground grains, like pellets and crumble. I think that's why it's traditionally been used at night in the winter. If you put pellets or crumble into water, they break up immediately. Whole grains take a lot more time to digest, so the chickens have food in their crops for a longer number of hours. It's a longer, slower release of energy for them at night. Every little bit helps, if you live in an area that's farther north, with longer nights and bitter cold.
     

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