Is scratch good for young hens?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dweder, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. dweder

    dweder Songster

    Jun 12, 2010
    Glen Ellyn, Illinois
    I've read a variety of information about giving scratch to young chicks in the heat. I've heard that it makes them too hot in the summer and to never give it to them. I have also read that there is no problem with giving them scratch at any age.

    Any opinions through experience? My hens are 8 weeks old.
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    carbs cause heat- I wouldn't the way the temps are ... people who say its ok year around, find out what food they give and if they free range and were they live (I'm in FL) and how long there chickens live- if they are only keeping them alive 1-2 years then scratch mighty make scene.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I've NEVER given scratch to my chickens.

    I do give BOSS (black oil sunflower seed) as a daily treat, though. Higher protein, and really good for feather growth. My girls are gorgeous. (Yes, I'm biased, but lotsa people say so.)
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Scratch is comparable to a little chocolate treat for us; a little is ok-just not too often...

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