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        09-18-2013, 02:33 PM
      #871
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Yep, the Cochins are the pacifists. When it comes to duking it out over flock hierarchy and the best nesting boxes, it's always the RIRs and Buffs!
    I've never had RIRs, but when I had more Orps and Wyandottes, they never seemed to mix it up either. I had one EE hen who used to beat up on one of my poor Polish roos, poor thing never had any head feathers. The EEs are the ones I've had to cull for temper on occasion, but not real often. The Polish were fun to look at but too flighty to be real enjoyable. The one roo got pretty used to being handled because I had to keep on cleaning and dressing his head when the girls would beat him up. I don't have roos anymore and intend to keep it that way, I've noticed a LOT less upset in the flock since I rehomed my last one.
         
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        09-18-2013, 02:39 PM
      #872
    Banned
    My nastiest hen is an Orp. She doesn't peck me or anything, but lawdy does she have a mouth on her! She's always growling at me over some imagined slight or other. I think she's secretly plotting my demise. Pretty sure the RIRs and other Orps are in on it, although the two roos and the Cochin hen stay out of it!
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        09-25-2013, 09:53 AM
      #873
    Yearling
    Would you feed this?

    First handful out of a newly opened bag of Countryside Organics scratch feed:



         
        09-25-2013, 11:16 AM
      #874
    Green Broke
    I don't think I like the look of that. It may be just pulverized grain/corn kernels as might happen at the end of a batch where all the little stuff from the milling process has collected. On the other hand, it might be fungus or something along that line. What does it smell like? Do you have a second bag you can open to check it out?
         
        09-25-2013, 11:27 AM
      #875
    Banned
    Um, it looks like something the dog vomited up, with maggots added.
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        09-25-2013, 11:43 AM
      #876
    Yearling
    Thanks, I wanted a couple of opinions before giving te backstory. When I first got chickens, I used this brand, and loved it. It is very lightly processed scratch grain that the chickens went nuts for. Always clean, dust free, fresh smelling, etc.

    At the end of the summer, I bought a new bag, opened it, and a bunch of moths flew out, leaving behind a bunch of spider-webby looking stuff. Gross. Brought it back to the feed store, they apologized, gave me a new bag for free. Opened the new bag, it was crawling with bugs, same musty/dusty look to it. Brought that one back, feed guy says they've been having problems with that brand, but they hadn't gotten a new shipment since early May (it was late August when I bought) so maybe it was just getting old in the warehouse since they didn't sell a lot of that brand. Offered me yet another free bag in the fall when the new shipment comes.

    So, I went yesterday to get my 3rd free (supposedly fresh) bag, figure 3rd times the charm. I opened it up, grabbed a handful, and you saw what it looked like in the pics. No visible bugs, but it's soooo dusty. Maybe a slightly sour smell to it.

    I won't be feeding it, but wanted to be sure I wasn't crazy. I'm not going to bother bringing this one back, but I will let the feed guy know its still no good. Since they've been having problems with it, I'm questioning his decision to continue carrying it. But, I've never had a problem with anything else from there (I get my layer pellets-different brand-at the same place, and my boarding stable gets grain there).
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        09-25-2013, 11:55 AM
      #877
    Banned
    I don't give scratch, I give my chickens cracked corn as a 'side dish' along with their regular layer crumbles.
         
        09-25-2013, 12:04 PM
      #878
    Green Broke
    Egrogan, it looks the main ingredients in the scratch are corn, barley/oats and wheat. Are you able to buy those things individually? If so, you could just make your own mix up and have better quality control as a result. Since you probably do not have a grain roller, you may want to add some grit in there as well - at least over the winter months when the snow prevents the hens from getting at the dirt.

    This may be a good segue into a discussion on what is safe for chickens to eat and what is not. With my flock, since they're free range (but still have access to pellets/wheat mix) I've observed them routing around and eating all sorts of unsavory looking stuff with no ill effect. I sometimes think that, between air quality and feed quality, the greater evil is air quality in the coop causing respiratory problems.
         
        09-25-2013, 12:07 PM
      #879
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    I don't give scratch, I give my chickens cracked corn as a 'side dish' along with their regular layer crumbles.
    It's really just used as a bribe to get them back in from free ranging. They get a handful or so a day. Cracked corn would prob be fine, they mostly respond to the sound of the grain shaking in a big plastic cup.
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        09-25-2013, 12:09 PM
      #880
    Banned
    Chevaux, that's why I have a covered, outdoor run for them when I can't be home. I even have a screen door on the coop when they have to be inside during the day, so they're at least getting some fresh air and sunshine.
         

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