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Can baby chicks eat Yolplait?

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Hey! I'm a newbie and just hatched two healthy baby chicks three days ago! (I'll put a picture up) I've put water and Medicated chick starter feed in there temporary create but they are having a hard time eating it because some of the pellets are a little big for there tiny beaks. They drink water like crazy which is good.

What are some other foods that I can give them? I've heard I can give them scrambled eggs but that just seems ... Wrong. Can I give them strawberry flavored Yoplait Yogurt? I've given that to my older adult chickens but didn't know if they could have that yet.
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I wouldn't;  it's got lost of ingredients chickens don't need, including the yogurt.  How about strawberries instead?  Mary

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I doubt the medicated chick feed is too larger for them to eat...

At that age I would stick to only the chick feed, as they get older you can start treats but wait a bit...

As for yogurt some chickens will eat it others don't, I feed it to my adult birds about once a month and they enjoy it tremendously, all over their face, all over their feathers and they even manage to eat some...
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My tiny bantam babies eat chick starter or Flock Raiser crumbles just fine.  Mary

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I have one week old chicks that eat starter food and also tomatoes and cooked carrots. They are very hardy.
Buffs, Rhode Island Reds, Cooper Maran, Mottled Orpington, and Lavender Ameraucana breeds.
Oh and each day they get dried mealworms that they love love!
Edited by chickenMamee - 9/25/15 at 9:39am
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I have one week old chicks that eat starter food and also tomatoes and cooked carrots. They are very hardy.
Buffs, Rhode Island Reds, Cooper Maran, Mottled Orpington, and Lavender Ameraucana breeds.
Oh and each day they get dried mealworms that they love love!

The problem with given young and even sometimes older birds 'dairy' products is that they lack the enzymes necessary to digest lactose, and because of this the lactose acts as a laxative to the birds since it's not digestible...

With that said you will find many that absolutely discourage feeding birds dairy products, but like many things the answer should not be black and white...

When it comes to yogurt and cheese, the bacteria/enzymes added to ferment the milk into yogurt or cheese actually results in the break down of a lot of the lactose (this is why many lactose intolerant people can eat yogurt and cheese) and thus for yogurt and cheese the laxative effect in birds is drastically reduced and they are able to digest more of the nutrients...

** From what I gather the process of removing lactose from things like milk for lactose intolerant people produces substances that are toxic to birds, so avoid those products **

I'm not saying yogurt (or cheese) is a great treat choice for birds, but contrary to many claims, birds can garnish nutrition from it and in moderation it's not all that bad and in many cases doesn't have any ill effect, but I would avoid it on young chicks as the risk of 'diarrhea' resulting in a potential for dehydration or worse is IMO not worth anything they will gain...
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