scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BetsyB3, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. BetsyB3

    BetsyB3 Out Of The Brooder

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    How often should I feed my flock scratch for good nutrition?
    I'm giving it to them everyday and I'm beginning to think that's too much.
    Maybe they should spend more time eating their good organic food.
    Is giving them too much scratch like is eating too much chocolate? [​IMG]
     
  2. I feed mine scratch every day, and also feed scratch to the giannas both love it. I pour some outside the run when I turn them out to free range, its a treat to them. marrie
     
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    I've read elsewhere in this forum that scratch doesn't really provide a lot of the nutritional value for chickens, especially protein. You might want to do some searches on this.
     
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    Well Betsy, for one thing, you can't have "too much chocolate". That's a misnomer.

    But as for scratch, do consider it a treat, not part of a nutritive diet.
     
  5. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Enid, OK!
    I think scratch should be considered a treat myself. You can also try shaking things up with healthier treats like veggies.
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    Buff's right; it's just a treat. I've found if I give too much, they'll stand and wait for the scratch and not eat as much of the good stuff. So, I only give a tiny bit now, and only in cold weather. Never in warm.
     
  7. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    You noticed that I had the discipline to stay away from commenting on the "chocolate" thing, didn't you? Buff actually beat me to it.

    (As I sit here chewing on a large double-chunk chocolate-chip cookie).
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  8. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Enid, OK!
    Cookie?! [​IMG]
     
  9. djackjr

    djackjr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Quit with the COOKIES....argh there goes the diet.... gulps down three Cookies while reading threads... [​IMG]
     

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