How old do chicks need to be before they can have scratch?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by willkatdawson, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Ga
    My chicks are 6 weeks old. Can they have scratch yet?
    Thanks
     
  2. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

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    I gave mine just a little bitty bit at that age. They adored it but I knew it really wasn't that good for them. Some people soak it beforehand also so it can be digested easier for the little babies.[​IMG]
    I figured it was like giving a piece of chocolate cake to a toddler but my chicks just freaked over it! And at 16 weeks they still freak over it as do all my chickens. [​IMG]
    Can't wait till it is much colder and I can give them a bit more at night to help them stay warm. I figure I will be like their love for life at that point![​IMG]
     

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