Feels like a stupid question...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Shogun99, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I have the baby chicks, chicken feeders, waterers, lamp, feed, grit etc and the chix seem to be doing fine. I have a question though. What purpose does scratch really serve (with the corn etc). Do they eat it or do they just kick it around? I'm going to be moving my chicks to an outside brooder soon where there will be ample small pebbles, grass, dirt, etc. Plus, the floor of their coop where they will eventually be is chicken wire so the poop will fall through to the ground below (ez clean up and fertilizer pickup). The main question is...do I need scratch? Will it be useful? What do I need for my chicks other than feed, grit and water when they're outside for them to be healthy & happy?
     
  2. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
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    Scratch is just chicken candy. Not neccesary. Shouldn't be given very often.
     
  3. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I just used sparingly and no it's not needed. In fact I tried throwing mine some scratch and they didn't want anything to do with it. LOL maybe when they are more henish...right now they are only 13 weeks old.
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Asher...I love your new picture [​IMG]
     
  5. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
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    Thank you [​IMG]
     
  6. GRAM49

    GRAM49 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scratch is a great treat. Every morning when hubby puts the girls in their pen he throws in a couple handfuls of scratch. They wait for it and I suspect would peck him to death if he forgot. It helps give them something to do and they do eat very drop. It is not necessary to live, but they sure enjoy it.
    Gram
     

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