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Hi everyone.  I have been reading articles on this site and reading the forums for a  while.  I have to admit, I'm so overwhelmed with information that my head is spinning.
 

A little background.  I am a mom of 5.  My older four children are ranged 26-18.  My youngest will be 9 next month. She has profound developmental delays.  Caring for her is a full time job in itself.  While I love her to pieces, I've found that the absence of her siblings on a day to day basis has been too quiet around here. 

My husband and I have been talking about having chickens for a few years...Just talking.  But this year, it seems the quietness of our house finally led us into buying our first little family of chicks.  We live in a  village with rules, and although we sit on 3/4 of an acre of land our hens won't be able to free range. 

We are only limited to 6 chickens.  No roosters.  Hopefully we didn't get any roosters because I don't want to have go give any of them up.  We have 2 Leghorns, 2 Rhode Island Reds, an amber sex link, and a   black sex link.  They will be 4 weeks old tomorrow.   We have kept them in a recycled pond liner with a heating bulb. 

When they were two weeks old, I started giving them grit and mealworms.   But since then they don't seem to want anything  but their feed and mealworms. They aren't interested in any other treats.  Is this a problem?  Shouldn't they instinctively want to eat veggies or greens?

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:welcome  Why eat your vegetables when you can have the 'good' stuff?  :P  Not a problem - right now the balanced chick diet is most important to them as they are growing.  They will come to like the other 'treats' - good luck with them.

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Not a problem.  If they were free ranging they'd be eating bugs and worms.  The chick feed is providing them with good nutrition.

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Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

 

All the best

CT

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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