New Member with questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mamma's Place, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Mamma's Place

    Mamma's Place New Egg

    Dec 30, 2011
    Hi there from Southern California! I am really clueless when it comes to chickens. We have never had any or even been around any. However we "inherited" a rooster. He looks to be young. And we were already talking about getting chickens so now I guess we are going to be forced to. I have a question regarding feed. We went to our local feed store and asked what to feed him and they sold us chicken scratch. However on your forum I've noticed that scratch should be a treat. What do I feed him? And what about grit? Any feed back or help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    glad you joined!

    I agree that scratch should be used as a treat.

    I have roosters as well as hens, and I feed them all layers pellets.

    oh and Welcome to the wonderful world of chickens!!!
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  3. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    [​IMG] from Twentynine Palms in the California high desert!

    Yes, scratch is a treat. Laying pellets will work. But if you end up getting more chickens, you will need to feed them the appropriate food for their stage of development. Chick Starter for chicks, then grower, then when they begin to lay, the layer pellets.

    Good Luck! It's addicting!!
  4. gamelife

    gamelife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 6, 2011
    What breed of rooster is he?
  5. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    welcome! Yup, depends on the age of your roo.. Feed him what the girls will be eating... Unless he's a little guy, then grower/finisher. Keep him on it till the girls you get are laying, then switch him to layer feed with the girls.
  6. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Washington State glad you joined us!
    Great place to get information, very helpful people on this site, enjoy your new chickens!
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
  8. VentuckyChick

    VentuckyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    So Cal
    I'm new here, from So Cal as well! Greetings! I purchased Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens and it has been an amazing resource as I'm a first time chicken mama as well. Scratch is the equivalent of candy to chickens, so you are supposed to use them sparingly for treats/training. I will defer to the much more experienced members here for further info. We bought organic crumbles for the new pullets we're bringing home tomorrow but plan to use scratch sparingly when they are mature. Best wishes!
  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  10. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

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