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Can chicks around a day old have mealworms?  I was planning on using some for training purposes.  If not, what, if anything, else can I use?  Thank you!

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I would wait until they are eating their starter well, and you see that they have full crops on a regular basis.  Then, you could start the meal worms, but be sure you offer them grit when you start anything other than feed.  After they are eating well, you can give them a plug of sod from your lawn (if you do not use any insecticides or herbicides).  From that, they will get:  grit, minerals, some healthy bacteria and fungi for their gut flora, their first greens, and some tiny insects and seeds, and their first dust bath.

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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I gave my chicks black soldier fly larva at about one week. They loved them. Once they are all eating and drinking appropriately I don't see any reason not to use them. It is hilarious watching them play keep away.
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I would wait until they are eating their starter well, and you see that they have full crops on a regular basis.  Then, you could start the meal worms, but be sure you offer them grit when you start anything other than feed.  After they are eating well, you can give them a plug of sod from your lawn (if you do not use any insecticides or herbicides).  From that, they will get:  grit, minerals, some healthy bacteria and fungi for their gut flora, their first greens, and some tiny insects and seeds, and their first dust bath.

What great ideas and comments!  Thank you!  The sod is a wonderful idea.

 

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I gave my chicks black soldier fly larva at about one week. They loved them. Once they are all eating and drinking appropriately I don't see any reason not to use them. It is hilarious watching them play keep away.

Black soldier fly larva is pretty much the same thing as mealworms?  Thank you!  I love to watch them play keep away!​

Meet the Feather Mountain Flock!
Peep (Amerucana), Frosting (Delaware), Hazel (Speckled Sussex), Circuit (Buckeye), Paisley (White Cochin), Mr. Stella (Birchen Cochin Bantam), Lacey (Golden Laced Wyandotte), Aurora, (Splash Andalusian), Venus (Blue Andalusian), Twinkie (Buff Orpington), Raven (Australorp), Winston (Salmon Faverolle) and 2 Pekin ducks! Mini and Hercules!
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Meet the Feather Mountain Flock!
Peep (Amerucana), Frosting (Delaware), Hazel (Speckled Sussex), Circuit (Buckeye), Paisley (White Cochin), Mr. Stella (Birchen Cochin Bantam), Lacey (Golden Laced Wyandotte), Aurora, (Splash Andalusian), Venus (Blue Andalusian), Twinkie (Buff Orpington), Raven (Australorp), Winston (Salmon Faverolle) and 2 Pekin ducks! Mini and Hercules!
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