Chicken Scratch

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mrchicken, May 5, 2011.

  1. mrchicken

    mrchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    When can I give my chickens scratch?
    They are 1 wk old.
     
  2. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can scratch with chick feed- put it down on toweling. But for grownup type of scratch, I'd wait until they are 3 months or so at least. I have 6 week olds that I think about giving chicken scratch, but I don't think they can handle the large whole grain pieces yet.
     
  3. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yah I give my older chicks (5 and 6 weeks) their starter on the ground (as well as their feeder), gives them something to look for and they find all kinds of goodies while they are pecking for the scratch. I would wait on actual scratch for 1 week olds though.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    For chicks still in the brooder I give them rolled oats as chick scratch. Gives them something to do, keeps the bedding turned up and fluffy, and I don't have to feed grit since it is easily digested. Once they are on the ground I give them regular scratch (whole corn, wheat, oats).
     

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