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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by crawfordmama, Jul 30, 2010.
What's a better snack for my 5-week olds - BOSS or scratch? Thanks!
Are they "on the ground" yet? I wouldn't give either until they can get to grit, etc
And then, I think BOSS (while better for them) might be a bit too big....I'd vote for scratch first as it has small seed
Five week olds? BOSS. It's pretty small shells and the shells are softer than the big, stripey kind. Higher in protein than the scratch, AND really good for their feather growth!
I didn't give either until they were 12 wks only because I wanted them to get a little bigger.
I would go boss, but either split them by thumb or rough chop with a knife.
My only concern for them that young is size and access to grit. At 5 weeks I was slowly experimenting with soft treats (cabbage, grass, kale) along with some sand in their feed. Too paranoid for anything else and only enough to taste.
Scratch would probably work too but it all depends on what it's made of. The scratch I get is hard and not cracked, no corn.
I would not offer it without grit at that age. I used sand for other treats but no grain until a lil older. I prefer BOSS over scratch.
My older birds didn't really like the BOSS until recently. I mix a little scratch with a little wild bird food and ALOT of BOSS and now even my 7 week olds eat it all. Happy and healthy all.........
My chickens go crazy over BOSS. They act like it is the most wonderful candy...sort of like me with Dark Chocolate! They line up and beg for it every morning.
What is BOSS?
Black Oil Sunflower Seed