When do you start offering scratch grains?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ssledoux, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. ssledoux

    ssledoux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    Or something other than starter, but NOT laying pellets. I don't do laying pellets even for my layers. I just want to start my teens on something besides starter. They are probably at least 8 weeks (not sure quite how old they were when I bought them from the feed store).
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    If a seperate chick grower is available in your area you could switch to that now.
    I didn't start scratch grains until my chickens were about 6 months old, which coincided with the weather turning cooler.
  3. Delta2 23

    Delta2 23 Flock Master

    Sep 4, 2008
    In my local feed store they sold three types of food:

    -chick starter
    -pullet pellet
    -layer pellet

    so we could change their feed as they grew older. You could also try cleaned wheat- we fed ours lots of clean wheat along with their pellets. They seem to like it better than the food.
  4. jadell

    jadell Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2008
    North Carolina
    8 week old chickens still need the protein content in "grower". Check your local feed store. They should have the starter/grower, grower/finisher, and laying pellets. There should be directions on the back of the feed to tell you when to change to each. If you do put out some kind of grain, make sure you also put some chick grit out. You only need the grit if you give them something other than the chick food. It has everything they need.

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