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Feeding scratch....

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

  1. nharbison0722

    nharbison0722 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Out Of The Brooder

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    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 Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    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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