4 thoughts on “Feeding Scratch Grains to Chickens

    • SherryK, thanks for your comment! Scratch is a great thing all year round but especially in the winter. It gives them something to do when they can’t always be outside due to cold! I know my girls appreciate a few piles of scratch in the coop everyday when I collect eggs. I have weighed a mason jar I keep in the scratch so I know how much I’m giving them. They peck around at it and it gives me a chance to spend a few minutes to enjoy them…before I start to shiver! Brrr!
      In addition to their regular feed, you can feed scratch at 10-15% of their total diet. Laying hens eat at average of 0.25 lbs of feed a day, so you could feed them 0.025 lb per chicken. That’s a half pound of scratch for 20 chickens, per day. Remember, if you’re giving them kitchen scraps, that should be factored in to the 10-15% so you don’t see a drop in egg production. More won’t hurt them, but you will be changing the nutrition they are getting. Any change in their feed routine, chickens tend to decrease eggs produced.

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