Originally Posted by cutlerfam7
I may have missed this in earlier posts but how soon can you start giving them treats? Do you need to wait till they are a few months old or could you feed them some when they are like 4 weeks old? I think that this should be included as part of the chart as well because I would rather be safe then sorry. Thank you!
Gonna find a large variable in opinions on that; I say soft treats (smashed/grated boiled eggs and so on) can be fed when only days old. I have done it and seen it done many times in both a brooder and hen-raised setting.. Hen raised chicks are capable of eating more due to them commonly living on the ground, they have access to grit and other things chicks in brooders may not have. But I don't feed treats often.
By a couple of weeks/a month they should be able to eat just about any treat especially if supplied with grit whether people disagree with me or not. Raising games we have a lot of birds that raise on the yard with hens that I do not feed anything simply because they were unplanned matings/take very good care of themselves; probably healthier than most peoples brooded chicks.
Common sense dictates that when they're raised by a hen they will eat what the hen eats, whether it be small grain (crack corn, wheat, so on), crickets, grass, berries (which contains seeds), etc. The difference is hen-raised chicks have grit because their mother will teach them how to take care of themselves.. I've got a lot of chicks this year to prove this and have had a lot over the 9+ years I have been breeding fowl myself and about 18 years I've been around chickens not counting foreknowledge of my father/grandfather/great grandfather.
But I wouldn't feed chicks a lot of treats like bread and so on, its not going to kill them and I occasionally do it; but it is nowhere near as good for them as the food you have supplied for them which they need as they grow.