Is It Ok To Give Chicks Scratch?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kiki A, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Kiki A

    Kiki A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been a year since I raised chicks, but I didn't even know scratch existed then! So I want to know, can you feed chicks scratch?
     
  2. QualityPolish

    QualityPolish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's best to feed them chick starter until they are old enough to go out the coop (8 weeks is when I Usually put them out) This way you don't have to feed the little ones grit ;) To help break down any food they can not digest, this is why they have chick starter.
     
  3. Kiki A

    Kiki A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I gave them starter feed last time, but we have a lot of scratch left so I just wanted to know. [​IMG]
     
  4. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most scratch has corn as the primary ingrediant is not good for any chickens if fed to them very often. It is basically chicken "candy". I admit that I give my full grown birds a very small amount of scratch in the winter but only a little bit. This year I bought a bag of it in October. Occasionally I would toss 2 cups of it in the run for 30 birds. They would eat all of it in less than 5 minutes. I still have about 1/4 of the bag remaining. BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) is the primary treat they get. When I have new chicks they don't get their first taste of scratch until they are at least 16 weeks old. And then it i in VERY SMALL amounts.
     
  5. Kiki A

    Kiki A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to admit, I spoil my chickens. They're pets so whenever I fill their feeder, half of it's scratch. But on the bright side, My leghorn, Meggy laid 2 extra eggs, and my other girls each laid 1 extra egg!
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    My 6 week old chicks get a little scratch. But they're in the big coop and run and have access to grit...
     
  7. suebee

    suebee Speaks Silkie Fluently

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    I have given 3 week olds a tiny bit of scratch. They love uncooked oatmeal too. I also gather a handful of grass and cut it in tiny pieces with sharp scissors...that's their favorite.
     

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