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We have a few chick's that are about 3 weeks old. They have been going outside and getting a chance to forage. I was wondering what the proper way to introduce them to foods like meal worms and corn are. I do belive they should be getting grit and I was wondering how to start introducing it. Thanks for the help.
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If they are foraging on the ground they are getting their own grit. That part is not an issue.

At that age corn needs to be cracked for them, the whole kernels are kind of big. But in general, to introduce any food just put it in their presence. They might or might not try it immediately, they can be pretty cautious around new things. But eventually they will try it and decide if they like it. Just be patient.

It surprises people to find that not all chickens like the same things. You’ll see that many people feed their chickens cabbage as a treat. Mine could care less about cabbage. They are living animals, they are not all the same.

A few years back I gathered a yogurt cup of corn ear worms when processing corn from my garden for canning. I dumped those worms on a bare patch of dirt near a group if 10 week old chicks. The chicks were curious, they very slowly and cautiously started moving toward that pile of worms. A worm moved!! Run away!! Run away!!

They did not run far, they very slowly and cautiously again started moving toward that pile of worms. A worm moved!! Run away!! Run away!! This happened five or six times until a bold brave young cockerel got close enough to grab a worm. That’s all it took, that entire pile was gone in a few seconds.

Just be patient, they will eventually get it.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Thank you for your help. I appreciate it very much.
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