"Teenage Chickens" When to Start Feeding Table Scraps

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ctofsrud, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. ctofsrud

    ctofsrud Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks are now fully feathered and about 8 1/2 weeks of age. They are free roaming the yard and eating their starter feed and whatever else they can get their beaks on. When do you guys suggest we start giving them table scraps? Mostly vegetables. The gentleman at the feed store recommended six months of age, which would be September. What do you guys normally do? Thanks for the input!
     
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  2. kbky1973

    kbky1973 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've raised them for years. Start feeding them now. They love the stuff. Don't think he the guy that told you said months knows much about chickens.cabbage leaves, greens bread. Any thing
     
  3. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    def. not 6 mo they can have it at 8 weeks.
     
  4. ejcrist

    ejcrist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started giving mine treats and scraps at about 6 weeks. They love 'em. I have to be careful or they'll attack me to get at 'em if they think I have any.
     
  5. kbky1973

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    Oh yes. Any thing from biscuits, corn bread ,day old breads left overs of any kind is good for them. Works. Night crawlers, bugs, ants, you name it they love it.
     
  6. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Make sure they have grit and go easy on the breads. Too much bread can set the crop up for yeast infections.
     
  7. ctofsrud

    ctofsrud Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave them some veggies and they weren't too into that. They just let it go to waste, but maybe it was too much for them at this point. We have tons of small gravel and I see them eating that right now, so I assume they are getting their grit? I may try a small amount of bread tonight as a treat and see what they think.

    Thank you for all the wonderful input! Joining this forum was the best chicken decision ever! Other than getting my sweet girls of course :)

    Chrissy
     

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