Chickens and Roosters

When can chickens start eating food scraps?

Answer

Wiki User
08/13/2008

In some areas food scraps and wild forage are all the chicken has available.

A chick will investigate table scraps a few days after hatch however this is not the best thing to feed a young bird. Proper nutrition will maximize growth and chicks should be fed a balanced chick starter whenever possible. Treating or supplementing a young birds diet can be started on introduction to the flock at about 12 weeks.