If you raised spring chicks this year, they’re most likely 3-4 months old by now. This means it’s time for the awkward teenage stage! During this phase, here are a few things to keep in mind: Feed: Continue to feed a complete starter-grower feed to support the protein needs your teenagers need to grow healthy. Sexual maturity: Your birds will reach sexual maturity between 4-6 months of age, and the difference between males and females will become even more obvious. Treats: Scratch grains can be fed to your birds starting at 18 weeks of age. At the minimum, wait until they are 12 weeks old and limit the amount of scratch to less than 10% of their diet. If you’re feeding scratch grains, then you may want to consider providing grit to your birds. Grit is not absolutely necessary, but it can help with digestion of the scratch. Grit is made up of small, insoluble granite particles that assist the gizzard in grinding up large feed particles. Are you enjoying this stage of backyard flock raising? Post a photo of your awkward teenage birds below!