how many weeks before scratch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by krusty, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. krusty

    krusty Out Of The Brooder

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    My 65 or so meat chicks are doing well at 1.5 weeks.

    at what age can I give them scratch? I have no grit yet so just fed them fine ground scrtach powder out of my hand. Now they all run over to see me!

    These should be ready in 8 - 9 weeks and are on track from a wight per week schedule as posted eslewhere.

    (we need a drooling emoticon)
     
  2. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    I'm relatively new here,but maybe the meat birds section would be a better place for this question. Most of the questions I've seen here seem to be oriented towards chickens as "friends", not "feasts".[​IMG]
     
  3. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    Friends vs feasts - funny

    I think there are many people here who raise them and eat them - doesn't mean you can't be friends and treat them really well until then.

    I have the big dual purpose birds and the feed store told me I could feed scratch in moderation without grit.

    But added that I needed to feed grit when I gave anything else. I started giving mine grit at age 3 wks when I gave them meal worms and tender baby green grass.

    Good luck with your little feasts [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    It's Ok, meat birds can go in any section..... [​IMG] I try and treat my meat birds really good and give them a special and happy life before its Off With Their Head [​IMG]


    I have 3 week old chicks that I have been putting out for free range for a while every day, giving scratch and grit along wtih everything else I feed the bigger chickens. They seem to be doing great with it....very happy about it too
     
  5. desertgirl

    desertgirl Roo Magnet

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    Point taken-just kind of creepy for a vegetarian like me to stumble on this posting. Thought if I avoided the meat section I would be (relatively)safe. [​IMG] The thought of my new girls ending up...well, you know....

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