Can I give 6 week old chicks scratch?

ChickForLife

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I have heard you need to use something like scratch in deep litter, which I am trying out as the chicks first stay outside, to mix it up. Can I use scratch at this age or should use something else?
 

floppysquirrel04

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Scratch is chicken junk food.
Why would you need to use it in deep litter? I guess maybe if you want the chickens to turn it themselves, but then you would have to turn it again to hide scratch in it, which seems counter productive because you don’t even need to turn it more than every few months. Some people don’t even turn it at all.
I would not put food in their bedding. I would not even feed them scratch, just the crumble they are on.
 

floppysquirrel04

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some people do, it depends on how easy it is in your set up. If you do every 3-5 months seems reasonable. If you don’t turn it regularly, then every 6-9 months turn it and then remove half of it so you can add more :)
 

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