What GMO Free Treat Can I Substitute for Scratch?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Barry Natchitoches, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch has GMO (Genetically Modified) corn and wheat in it.


    I would like something that I can throw to the ground as a special treat, the way you do scratch.


    What would work as a substitute?
     
  2. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    I give BOSS and I just found out most flaxseed is GMO too......(heard they want to do alfalfa as well......sigh)

    Not all corn is GMO but most of it. Didn't know wheat was.

    I don't think they have done barley yet or millet, quinoa, amaranth etc..

    I did manage to find a local source of non GMO layer pellets, no animal fats as well. About 50 cents more than the GMO stuff.
     
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You can buy organic scratch at my feed store.

    Edited- No you can't! I just tried to buy some today and they said no they don't carry it. Which is weird because another cashier said that they do, a few months ago.
     
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  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    You could use "Organic" Scratch Grain.
    If you cant get "Organic" Scratch Grain where you live then you can mix Organic Corn (50 lbs) Organic Wheat (30 lbs) and Organic Oats (20 lbs).

    Chris
     
  5. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How do you serve up BOSS to chickens? Whole in the shell, or do you have to shell and crack the seeds?


    And are sunflower seeds GMO yet?


    (I don't know a thing about sunflower seeds. Never ate them myself, have never bought them for any birds either.)


    Are sunflower seeds a form of flaxseed?
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Quote:How do you serve up BOSS to chickens? Whole in the shell, or do you have to shell and crack the seeds?


    And are sunflower seeds GMO yet?


    (I don't know a thing about sunflower seeds. Never ate them myself, have never bought them for any birds either.)


    Are sunflower seeds a form of flaxseed?

    Q - Are sunflower seeds a form of flaxseed?
    A - No
    Sunflowers are in the Asteraceae Family /Subfamily Helianthoideae
    Flax (common flax or linseed) are in the Linaceae Family


    Chris
     
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  7. chicnchic

    chicnchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buying Organic avoids GMO problems. [​IMG]
     
  8. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    How do you serve up BOSS to chickens? Whole in the shell, or do you have to shell and crack the seeds? Whole

    And are sunflower seeds GMO yet? not yet or not that we know of

    Feeding organic hen scratch is not cost effective for me. I would be spending close to $100 a week to feed my birds.
     
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    BOSS is good, just throw it out to them and they should go wild for it.

    Also, try looking for Non-GMO corn and wheat separately, then mix them. There is some out there, somewhere. . . We ourselves grow our own Heirloom corn, so it's guaranteed non-GMO. [​IMG]

    Things like Barley and Oatmeal is another good treat to throw out; pretty sure it is non-GMO.
     
  10. KelBelle

    KelBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] Arcatapet.com carries it.
     

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