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Can my 3 week old babies eat earth/meal worms?

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I've read the 'what chickens can eat' thread and I saw worms on the list, but can baby chicks eat them? My daughter threw an earth worm in a and all 3 chicks were fighting over it. She said she read worms are ok but I just wanted to make sure it's ok for 3 week olds? Thanks

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Yes, earthworms are ok.  You might want to give them some grit now.  That can be accomplished with a clump of sod (not pesticide or herbicide treated!) from your yard.  They'll have a blast picking through it and dust bathing in it.  Most soil contains little pebbles that they can use for grit.  

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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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post #3 of 6
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Thank you. I bought bird grit and offer it in a tub in there coop. But they do pick through the bare earth in the grass at play time as well. 

post #4 of 6

My broody had her chicks digging through the garden at 4days old.  She was feeding them garden worms and wire worms(like a meal worm) and they couldn't get enough of them.

Of course they had access to the dirt of the garden as well so they had a source of grit.

post #5 of 6

Baby chicks love worms of any sort. Just give them a little scosh of grit to help them digest it. :)

 

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1 Guinea, 1 Chicken: 4 Bourbon & Slate Turkeys: 2 Ducks: 4 Call Ducks: 4 Muscovys: 4 Peafowl: 1 Parakeet and 2 Parrotlets.

 

LaMancha Goats: Angora Rabbits: Jerseys: and lots of horses. + 4 dogs and 2 cats.

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Great thank you:)

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