What kind of scratch do you use for your chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kuntrychick, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I get some different ones. Sometimes I get 7-way scratch from my local feed & seed that gets it from a local feed mill. I think it's the one that says "Fighten' Scratch" on it.

    My hubby got 3-way scratch the last time he got it.

    I think they even have a 9-way scratch but not sure what's all in it.

    I have gotten a scratch that has BOSS in it but don't remember what it was called.

    Sometimes I get the Purina Scratch Grains. How many grains does it have in it & what. It doesn't seem to have millet in it. Looks like corn, wheat maybe & not sure what else. ??
     
  2. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will get the 'Fightin' scratch' it has lots of millet in it. It really depends on the brand, I read the labels or ask the guy selling it to me. I he doesn't have what I usually buy he will discount what I choose. Love those old fashion feed stores, who load the sacks for ya. Last time I went to the 'Tractor supply' they did not even offer to load it for me and I bought 150 of feed! Won't go back there. (only in case of emergency) I Like the seven way scratch with sunflower seeds....
     
  3. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, my two local feed stores load it in your car for ya. My local TSC does NOT take it to your car & mine doesn't even have a place to put your buggy....you are supposed to go back in the store & put it up after loading up a bunch of feed. [​IMG]
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Quote:I think a top quality scratch mix, with 6 or 7 grains would be great. Still, read the label to see how much total protein it offers. Cheapo 3 grain scratch feed typically only has 8% protein. I refuse to pay $10 for a bag of 3 grain scratch. Simply not enough nutrition bang for the buck, imho.
     
  5. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    We start with a good quality scratch then add several different grains and seeds to it as well as rolled oats....

    We feed it very sparingly....
     
  6. peachachecha

    peachachecha Out Of The Brooder

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    I have used the 7 way and my TSC always loads any heavy purchase I make.
     
  7. ruffledfeathers1234

    ruffledfeathers1234 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a locally milled scrathch called "Booster Rooster". IMO it is one of the best mixes of scratch that I have found. The really great part about it is that it is only 10.00 for a 50 lb bag. I think it has like 12 grains in it.
     
  8. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That may be similar to what I got one time from a local feed & seed, which was from a local mill. It was called "Poultry Power". It looked like it had several grains in it. It had BOSS in it too. I think it was only $9 or $10.
     
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I use a gamebird feed called Black Rooster as my scratch.

    Crude Protein, min......................................................................13.00%
    Crude Fat, min..............................................................................3.00%
    Crude Fiber, max..........................................................................8.00%
    Calcium (Ca), min........................................................................0.25%
    Calcium (Ca), max........................................................................0.75%
    Phosphorus (P), min.....................................................................0.25%
    Salt, NaCl, min.............................................................................0.10%
    Salt, NaCl, max.............................................................................0.60%
    Vitamin A, min....................................................................2000 IU/Lb.

    INGREDIENTS:
    Corn, Grain Sorghum, Oats, Wheat, Wheat Middlings, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Whey, Dried Skimmed Milk, Casein, Yeast Culture, Fish Meal, Cane Molasses, Animal Fat, Calcium Carbonate, Defluorinated Phosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Activated Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Vitamin E Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Manganese Sulfate, Iron Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Carbonate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Oxide, Magnesium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, D-Alphatocoporal Acetate, Soybean Meal, Wheat Bran, Rice Mill By-Product, Vitamin A Palmitate, Popcorn, Salt and Black Oil Sunflower. Natural and artificial flavors added.
     
  10. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got a 10 lb bag of locally milled stuff yesterday. It looks like corn, wheat, and some other grain I can't identify, and also got 5 lb of oats to mix in. The girls love it especially when I add BOSS. They (there are eight) get about 1 cup of the scratch and 1 cup of BOSS. I'm also flying by the seat of the pants, but they are healthy and give me 7 or 8 eggs a day.
     

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