How old before they can have scratch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SoccerMomof7, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    I have scratch for my older girls I was just wondering how old do they have to be before I give them just a little scratch?

  2. william9792

    william9792 Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    i give mine scratch at 5 weeks old
  3. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    Well, since I never did find a way to give a momma hen scratch that the darn little things didn't grab some... 2 days. I probably wouldn't really choose to give it to a brooder full all on their own at anything younger than a couple of weeks and only a little.

    I prefer brooded chicks get gamebird feed, any treat fed should be really high quality that's a tiny crop and a really fast metabolism. Scratch is like giving them cookies. You don't feed infants cookies for a meal for a reason.

    Cooked egg yolk mixed with crumble and yogurt is what I use as treat as they grow. Still getting good stuff, good for them.
  4. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    I actually tried to give them yogurt but they wouldn't even try it.
  5. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Quote:Ain't that the truth!

    The mamas even hold back from eating it themselves and scratch around it, calling to the babies to come eat it. I just make sure the babies get some grit with their chick food.

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