what would you put in a scratch mix?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by the-bird-man, May 7, 2011.

  1. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so i have been buying a scratch mix that has corn, milo and oats but about 70% is corn and my girls are not eating the corn so i have decided to make my own mix. so for starts i am thinking BOSS, milo, oats and maybe wheat. so in your opinion what would you add to this mix or take away? thanks for the help [​IMG]
     
  2. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay so i made a mix. its just oats, milo, boss and some peanuts. its a simple mix and is much cheaper than the ready made mix and now i have a metal trash can full of it lol anyone know how long it will last if it is kept in a cool dry place and it is fairly air tight? i am hopeing it will stay good for at least a year [​IMG]
     
  3. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Hi Birdman, I use 12% horse sweetfeed. I use a brand that has oats first on the label. The chickens love it and it's got 12% protein and lots of nutrition.

    Either way, making it or using sweetfeed, I would not keep more than 2 months worth. Oats can go rancid pretty quick.
     
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  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I make my own, and I mix Ultra Kibble in and it's their sole feed. You could always just make it up and use it for scratch. I have them crimp the corn, peas and peanuts at the feed mill. It's well loved by my flocks!!

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    The red color is the UltraKibble.

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    I've updated the recipe.
     
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  5. Aubrinator

    Aubrinator Out Of The Brooder

    It is good to mix the scratch with shells and grit to aid digestion- this is what I do. I call it Chicken Trail Mix. [​IMG] Chickens love it!
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I use a all "grain" pigeon feed as a "scratch" mix.

    Crude Protein, not less than 17.00%
    Crude Fat, not less than 2.00%
    Crude Fiber, not more than 6.00%
    Moisture, not more than 12.00%

    INGREDIENTS
    Canadian Peas, Popcorn, Austrian Peas, Wheat, Oat Groats, Milo, Red Millet, Maple Peas

    To the above mix I add BOSS (Black Oil Sunflower Seed), Hemp Seed, Rice, Linseed (Flax) and some molasses to "bind" it together.

    Chris
     
  7. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you all for the advice and ideas. how would i tell when it goes rancid?
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    I mix my own scratch grains for much the same reason you do. My birds wasted A LOT of the cracked corn. It goes off fast and loses palatability I think.

    My basic mix is two parts whole corn, one part feed wheat, one part whole oats, and one half part of alfalfa pellets. I feed it free choice along with their complete ration which runs 20% protein. They self select a diet of about 60% grains to 40% complete ration. In the winter when it's colder it'll be closer to 65% grains and 35% complete ration.
     
  9. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Quote:In general, whole grains go bad far less quickly than processed feed. I have found mine is fine several months out, but don't know the answer...I've never sat on it more than 3 months, and that was by accident. I make it by the half-ton...
     
  10. the-bird-man

    the-bird-man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks again. i feed 20% feed also so that way i can give them more treats and not have their protein intake drop too much. i was thinking it would last longer because around here people keep grains for 20+ years. i could live with it if it last 3 months because i am still saving money by mixing it on my own [​IMG]
     

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