starting scraps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ma Noob, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Ma Noob

    Ma Noob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2010
    South Australia
    when can chicks start eating scraps (vegie peelings, silverbeet etc)? What are the best scraps to start with?
  2. Kaeta44

    Kaeta44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If it was me, I'd delay giving them scraps until they're 20 weeks or more. I'm sure they'll eat them, and the scraps won't do them any harm. BUT they need a properly balanced diet to make sure they grow up fit and healthy. Feed chick food until they're 6 - 8 weeks, then growers mash or pellets until 16 or 17 weeks old and layers mash or pellets from then on. If you really must give them scraps, give it to them in late afternoon as a treat, so that they've had time to eat plenty of the nutritionally balanced stuff.
  3. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    Scraps are perfectly OK for chicks once they have a source of grit. Scraps, especially vegetable scraps, mimic what they would be eating in nature and benefit them in many ways.
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    Watermelon scraps! They love watermelon. I don't give too many scraps. I do feed fruit, sunflower seeds, dried oats, cracked corn, as treats. I've given peanuts and homemade bread too.
  5. LovinChicknFarmn

    LovinChicknFarmn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Carolina
    I read somewhere to wait a few weeks. We started ours on just a few basic scraps around 3 or 4 weeks and slowly worked up to whatever scraps we wanted to give them. They'll love it! And, it seems to help make them your friends. [​IMG]
  6. lbartsch

    lbartsch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2011
    Mine won't eat any scraps at almost 9 weeks. I've tried everything. All they want is their feed and grass. I figure I'll try again later.

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