How old before feeding scratch?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by In2Ice, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. In2Ice

    In2Ice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2012
    I have 4, 7 week old chicks. They are on a diet of Grower Nutrena Grower Crumbles. Is it too early to start introducing them to scratch in their run?

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2010
    As long as you mix grit in with the scratch it is fine. They need grit to grind it up.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Your chicks are very young. They still need their high content starter/grower. There's no rush on the scratch.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have found that for my chickens the young ones around the age of yours tend to stand there with a "huh?" expression on their faces when I put treats and different things on the ground for them. If I mix a few things into the feed they eat it, though.

    I would keep their protein level nice and high since they are still in that rapidly growing phase...scratch will decrease the total protein percentage for the day's feed. A little bit wouldn't hurt and might be fun for your family or for you to give them, though. But they don't need it really.

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