Which grains are in Scratch?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by s6bee, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I bought my first bag of scratch yesterday and poured it into my airtight containers. I was surprised to see how much corn is in there. It was also a disappointment because I have a container of cracked corn too, so I won't be giving that to them anytime soon. So I was debating on buying the supplies/grain to make my own scratch. The bag doesn't list the grains in it. Anyone have a list? Does anyone make thier own and is it cost effective? I only have 5 hens...

  2. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    i think it depends on what mill it comes from mine has corn wheat and milo,and you only need a hand full or 2 a day for 5 hens i wouldnt mess with trying to mix any if you had to get 50 lbs of 3 or 4 different grains it would take a long time to eat it all,so you would have to store 150-200 lbs for 5 hens
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2008
  3. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    skeeter's right, it isn't really worth it to try to mix your own for only 5 hens. Just the same, mine contains wheat, oats, and corn. I'm not sure if it's the wheat or the oats, but they leave some of the large grains behind.
  4. KingsCalls

    KingsCalls Songster

    Oct 22, 2007
    New Market,Tn.
    I mix scratch with maintenance feed or layer feed depending on the time of year and with breeder feed during early spring into summer. I mix it about 50% scratch and 50% maintenance feed this time of year unless I'm wanting eggs to eat, then it's 50% scratch and 50% layer feed........Now in late march (depending on the weather) to middle of April I will start feeding scratch and breeder feed. I will begin by decreasing gradually 50/50 down to about 25% scratch and 75% breeder ration. I also try to feed more greens at this time of year also. It would not be feasible for you to try and mix your own unless you already grow some or most of everything needed in your garden. I'd just buy it at the local feed store.

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