At what age can chicks be fed scratch for treat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ldutch123, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are about 10 weeks old now and wondered when I could feed them scratch
     
  2. RoyRooster

    RoyRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    When a hen hides out around the farm somewhere and hatches a clutch of chicks, they come running out and eat scratch with her at feeding time. You can definately give some to pullets/cockerals of that age with no ill affects.
     
  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    10,000 members and you'll get 9,000 different answers.

    But we move our chicks from the brooder to free-range and a coop at night when they are 5 to 6 weeks old. I throw out scratch as a treat every morning and evening all around the coops. The chicks dive right in.


    Be sure and give them grit before starting them on any whole or cracked grains.
     
  4. kimisfishing

    kimisfishing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the feed store sold me scrach as food is that not right and what should I be feeding?
     
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    Quote:Depends on the age of your birds. Are they chicks or adults?

    Scratch is very low protein and best only feed sparingly as a treat.

    Lots of old timers never gave the chickens anything except scratch and corn, and the will live on just that, but not thrive and do as well as if feed a balanced diet.
     
  6. ldutch123

    ldutch123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I will give them some. They just moved outside and need a ill treat.
     
  7. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck with the kids and enjoy them they are old enough, sure just remember the treats are for our amusement not theirs. Everything in moderation.
     
  8. Grog

    Grog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use a "starter" for the chicks. It is a 18% protien crumble.

    I can never wait to get them on the pellet food tho cause this almost eliminates waste by the birds [​IMG]
     

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