What exactly is scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kalaim, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. kalaim

    kalaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this something you can buy in a bag, or do you make it yourself?

    Is it a treat?

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  2. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground Premium Member

    I asked that same question last week, I think, and was told it's cracked corn.
     
  3. kalaim

    kalaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     
  4. ChickenSquat

    ChickenSquat Out Of The Brooder

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    you can buy it at a feed store and yes it is cracked corn and other grains. some people on here only feed it in winter because they say it warms their body up, but i've been feeding it all summer as a treat with no problems.
     
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  5. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch grains are cracked corn,wheat,oats and barley.
    yes,you can buy them by the bag at your feed mill or your farm store. Some say you should only feed as a treat,I don't think it has any harm because it's already in their feed just not whole.
    Will
     
  6. beakkeeper

    beakkeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch is a mix of high-fat grains fed only as a treat. It is spread on the ground for the chickens to "scratch" at, hence the name. It can be home made or bought, depending on personal preference. Too much can cause overheating and obesity in some hens...
     
  7. kalaim

    kalaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'll have to look for it!

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  8. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

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    I kept my silkies on it, summer & winter as a full time food with no problems. However my birds were very active & had unlimited space so confined birds might not have the same result as mine.
     

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