WHAT IS SCRATCH AND WHY?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Fawn and Fam, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Fawn and Fam

    Fawn and Fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see some people give scratch to their chickens during the colder months. What is it exactly? Is there a reason to give it in the colder months or is it just a treat?
     
  2. Scratch=cracked corn,wheat,oats and milo. Some feed all the time and some feed as a treat and some feed in the winter. The corn in the winter is for added HEAT as it turns into heat and also for a little weight gain in the winter.

    I feed a mix of layer crumbles and scratch all year round. Less scratch in the summer and more in the winter.

    Some will use just cracked corn instead of the scratch mixture..
     
  3. Fawn and Fam

    Fawn and Fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much should you feed per bird per day in the winter?
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    A lot of people say 10% of the diet or less in treats is good.

    I just think of it as, for a few chickens throw out a handful per day, and for a lot of chickens throw out a lot of handfuls. [​IMG]

    You can give scratch year round, no problem. They DO like to eat more grains in the winter though.
     
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  5. Spikes Chooks

    Spikes Chooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do it every evening, as I call them in for lockup. In spring, as it starts getting warmer, I subsitiute half the cracked corn and wheat scratch for sultanas. This helps prevent too much fat on them during our hot summer months here. They love it! I only have 4 hens so just a handful a day (like, less than 1 cup) gives them - and me - lots of bedtime pleasure.
     
  6. bbishop

    bbishop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty much a vitamin feed but not high in protein
     
  7. Fawn and Fam

    Fawn and Fam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give them vitamins in their water 6 days a week. Is it still okay to give them scratch on top of that?
     
  8. Sandstorm495

    Sandstorm495 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say yes, but you probably don't need to give them vitamins in their water if they are healthy & well. Depending on what is in your scratch feed, if you have foods that are reasonably high in protein (etc), then I would not put vitamins in their water. There is nothing wrong with doing that, but if you don't need to then don''t.
     

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