Feeding scratch....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nharbison0722, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. nharbison0722

    nharbison0722 Out Of The Brooder

    May 26, 2016
    Hi everyone!
    At what age can I start feeding my girls chicken scratch? My girls are now about 6 weeks old.
    Thanks for your help!
  2. 8MerryHens

    8MerryHens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2016
    I am new to chickens but according to the type of feed I am using (Nutrena), scratch can be started at 16 weeks (the same age they are started on layer feed) and should not make up more than 10% of their diet. I went to a nutrition seminar on chickens and asked if a change in grain had to be gradual and was told no, can just go from chick grower to layer directly. So different from the other livestock/critters I am used to where changes need to be gradual. Cute chicks!
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Mine start as soon as they can eat it as they are raised in the flock or are added at around 4-8 weeks.

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