Can Day Olds eat Scratch w/ their Mom?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TommyVT05, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Hello All,

    So I have chicks now. Ya!!! [​IMG]

    So anytime tomorrow, they are coming down to eat for their first time. I have BOTH chick starters and Scratch, so, how should I feed the mom and the chics? Mix-match the scratch and the chic mix together so the mom can eat her share and the chics eat theirs...or thats a bad idea?

    Chicks won't eat something big like scratch will they?

    Hope I can find some helpful tips on feeding for both to be happy and full.

    : )

    - Tommy
  2. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    Mom's will teach babies what and how to eat. Don't worry, you have a mother hen, even tho you are one![​IMG]
  3. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    if they are outside they will eat what ever mom says to eat but mom and babies need grit if you are going to feed that,not nessaceary if feeding chich starter
  4. YoungChickenOwner

    YoungChickenOwner In the Brooder

    Mar 25, 2008
    Albuquerque, NM
    I have had bad experiences with week old chicks eating scratch with mother hen. I had several die last year, and i believe its because they got a hold of scratch from another group of full grown birds.

    My hens tend to eat the chick starter with the babies...never had any problems.
  5. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Perhaps I will just feed them JUST that then. Chic starter for mom and babies. They are in the backyard so grit is for sure there. Hehe

    - Tommy

    Thanks Everyone!
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I always feed my broodies the same as the chicks with chick starter/grower...she needs the extra protein now anyway and won't lay for awhile...
  7. TommyVT05

    TommyVT05 Songster

    Feb 6, 2008
    Southern California
    Yeah. Probably best then huh?

    Yup...imma just feed chic starter then, if scratch, I'ma grind it up w/ a grinder first.

    Do you think I should put some rice grains too...for calcium?

    - Tommy

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