What's the difference between "Scratch & Grain" and "Purina Layena layer pellets"?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimmywalt, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Scratch grains are usually a lot lower in protein than complete feeds like Layer Feeds. They are meant as a supplement/treat and usually say on the bag they should not comprise more than 10% of the diet.
     
  3. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch grains also don't have the nutrients added to the complete feeds.
     
  4. jimmywalt

    jimmywalt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!

    So it's better to just skip the scratch and instead spend the money on the layer pellets I guess.

    Thank you again!
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Yes, layer pellets or crumbles are 16% protein, while flock raiser or chick crumbles are 20%, and many scratch grains are just 8%.
     
  6. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Think of Scratch grains as a treat, like candy is to humans. It's not meant as a feed so much as a treat.

    I have 7 birds that are 6 months old, I use the scratch grain mix whenever I want to get them away from an area of the yard or back in their run. In the beginning I would shake the jar of scratch grains and yell "SCRATCH". Now I can just yell it and don't even have to shake the jar, it's so funny to see them all come running when they hear me. Needless to say they love it, I bought some from TS and added BOSS and Niger seed that I from wild bird feeding to stretch it further.

    Mine have layer pellets available to them 24/7, but only get small amounts of scratch a day. Some days they don't get any scratch.
     

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