Chicken Scratch

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by shoo80, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. shoo80

    shoo80 In the Brooder

    Apr 2, 2008
    Can I throw chicken scratch out for my 9 week old chicks along with the chicken starter?
  2. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    I wouldn't recommend it.
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I agree. At that age, they need the proper protein, vitamin and mineral levels in their starter and scratch will mess that up. Best to wait on it for a few more weeks at least, and then, only use it as a training tool, like shaking the scratch can to get them to come when called then letting them get a tiny taste.
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I always use chick scratch with my birds in the brooder. I feed small grit in their mash so they can properly digest it. I spread the scratch over their bedding to encourage them to keep it turned up and fluffy. Their regular ration is fed free-choice and the scratch I only put down twice a day in limited amouts.


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