I'm new here and although I have raised some chicks in the past (like ten years ago) now reading BYC I know that I was doing it wrong. Currently I am raising a baby chick (three month old) who was rescued from a premature dead. He was hit with something that left him unable to walk for almost a week as he was probably two weeks old. :(
My bf and I rescued him (his previous owner didn't care at all what could happen to him) and we started to give him leftovers of our own food. We bought him feed and corn, but he barely ate some grains of corn and refuse to eat the feed. All he ate (and still eats) is leftovers from our human cooked food (quinoa, cheese, jam, cooked rice, cooked beans, tomatoes, cooked peas and carrots).
He even rubs his beak with the ground if he mistakenly eats a grain of feed. We tried with two different brands and still didn't like it. We do not know what to do as he had had some diarrea from eating some foods like tomatoes.
He is a pet for us and currently he is our only chick (he is kind of lonely now). We will be moving next year to a bigger place with space for free range him and give him more company but for now it is not an option. We do not want to give him away as we know he would be eaten for the holidays!
We laid a tray with grit so he could have some in his little belly to eat grains like the feed or the corn, but still he refuses to eat his feed (he eats grit though)
Have you ever had some problem such as this? Please help!