too much dust in my chicken scratch

robinhhood

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The chicken scratch I have been buying (multi-grain) "Scratch Grains Premium Brand Poultry Grains" from Purina has so much dust in it that I feel like I'm wasting half of it when I toss it around the yard. Is there anything I can buy that is not so laden with dust?

Also, I have 60 layers. How many dribble waterers should I install per chicken? Should they be pointed straight down or at an angle? What height?
 

Judy

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I would switch to a layer feed which has neeced vitamins and minerals, and use the scratch as a treat or for training them to come when you call. I would also use a feeder, as they will break down any feed by scratching if it is all fed by scattering on the ground. Hang it around their neck level where they can't scratch it out of the feeder. You may want to build a PVC feeder rather than buy those red and white plastic ones, if it would be less expensive. Our coops section (top of page in the brown band) has a section for homemade feeders and waterers.

Sorry, someone else will have to help you with that watering system.
 

robinhhood

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Thank you Judy. God bless you for that. A friend suggested that I use a sieve to separate the dust into the feeder and use the remainder as a treat only like you suggested. I am also putting a 2" x 4" mesh on the feeder so they cant waste that, and I'm sure it will keep the goats out. Will post the results later.
 
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