Newbie - At what age can we introduce kitchen scraps?

rnd6394

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
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Michigan
Hello, we are first time chicken owners. 17 egg layers that are 3.5 weeks old. At what age can we supplement store bought medicated feed with kitchen scraps?
Thank you, and blessings!
 

kpgoldstar

Songster
6 Years
Sep 25, 2013
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West Coast of Arizona
I didn't give kitchen scraps until mine were a couple of months old. I live in a sand pit so giving grit isn't necessary for me. If you are going to free range them at all, place a chunk of sod with the attached dirt from your yard in the brooder. It will give them something to peck on as well as introduce them to the natural grit and organisms in your environment.
 

Ridgerunner

Free Ranging
11 Years
Feb 2, 2009
24,591
13,143
707
Southeast Louisiana
A broody hen introduces them to grit as soon as they come off the nest.

You can usually buy chick grit at the feed store, usually. That's just scrap from a granite quarry that has been sifted to get the right size. You can do like a broody hen and just put them on dirt. They will find their own grit. You can give them a coarse construction sand to use as grit. KPGoldstar's way works. Get some sand from a sandbar in a creek or river.

There is nothing magical about grit. Chickens don't have teeth to grind up food. They use small pieces of rock in their gizzard in place of teeth. They'll use any rocks they can find, including larger grains of sand.
 

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