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How much should they eat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MattalynsBarn, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are 18 weeks old (Not laying yet) and they haven't been eating as much since we started giving them scratch (A few weeks ago) and they do seem a little small. They're Easter Eggers and Speckled Sussexs. What should they look like now?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    If you're giving them enough scratch that you can see a difference in feed consumption, you're probably giving them too much. Most scratch is only about 8% protein.
     
  3. MattalynsBarn

    MattalynsBarn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so less scratch. Thanks!
     
  4. Pet Duck Boy

    Pet Duck Boy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, less scratch. Even then you won't notice much of a difference, since both of those birds are more tuned for egg-laying than they are meat, especially if they came from a hatchery. My 2 EEs and 3 RIRs eat well, but are by no means fat. They don't have that much meat on them either.
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Scratch is just a treat. Use it sparingly because they need high protein.
     

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