At what age can I give my chickens scratch? they are about 10 days old

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by backwoodsman4life, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. backwoodsman4life

    backwoodsman4life Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age can I give my chickens scratch? they are about 10 days old now.
     
  2. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine out in the pen when they were 5-6 weeks old and I was giving my others scratch in the morning. They picked out the smaller items, but not too eagerly. They are 8 weeks now and are eagerly gobbling it up. Hope that helps.
     
  3. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think scratch is OK for chicks until they are atleast 12 weeks. It is like Candy for them! I also read somewhere that scratch can heat up there body and should not be given to chickens in the summer. I'm not sure how much of that is true but it would make since.
     
  4. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had 1 week old chicks eat a few pieces of scratch before and it never harmed them. As long as you provide grit for them with the scratch there shouldn't be a problem in moderation of course [​IMG]
     
  5. roosterdog

    roosterdog Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:So, if my chicks are 8 weeks old and on Starter feed(mesh), can I give them a little scratch as a treat without adding grit?
     
  6. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens need grit in order to process the hard seeds in the scratch, you should provide them with grit before allowing them scratch.

    The commercial pellets, mash, and crumbles will all break down because of the water the chickens have access too providing enough moisture to soften the feed and allow digestion. That is not the case with whole seed, etc ....
     

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