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Mealworms and baby chicks

post #1 of 7
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My little chicks are almost two week old.  Can I feed them mealworms?
My husband has already snuck them a couple and they loved them....but, was it "good" for them.

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post #2 of 7

i fed mine meal worms at 4 weeks and they will not leave my feet when im in there run or coop the follow the fence around when im outside of the run if you want your chicks to love you or in my case obsessed with you feed them about 3 mealworms a day and you couldnt beat them off with a stick

post #3 of 7

I think it's ok -- if they were with a momma, she'd be showing them ALL the good bugs by now.

30 hens, 5 roosters (many kinds) and 32 chicks (all 1/2 barred rock, the other 1/2?); 2 conures, 2 cockatiels; 1 tolerant hubby.  Been raising chickens for 5 years now and gladly let them run my life.
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30 hens, 5 roosters (many kinds) and 32 chicks (all 1/2 barred rock, the other 1/2?); 2 conures, 2 cockatiels; 1 tolerant hubby.  Been raising chickens for 5 years now and gladly let them run my life.
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I have seen absolutely no ill effects from the meal worms.  So, I think that once a day I will treat them.  Must say that "CackleHatchery" talked me into Dominiques.  They are the sweetest, smartest little things.  I am so glad I got them.  My Wyandottes are cute and they are rather sweet but the Dominiques are like little canaries.  After my husband gave them the mealworms, they run and try to fly into your hands.  While in your hands they will actually sing!  What fun.  Thanks for your advice!

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post #5 of 7

Just be sure to offer grit when adding snacks so they can digest them.

Mealworms were my first snack offered at 3 wks old for my big chicks and banties.  They LOVE them.

I also offered scrambled eggs mixed up into tiny pieces the same size as the meal worms.  They LOVED them as well.

I think it is so helpful to have your chicks used to you, picking them up, lots of calm handling.

It makes it so much easier when they're older and you need to pick them up to check for mites or injuries or to put them back in the run if you have one get out.

Enjoy your little ones.

~Make every day a great day - life's happening now - not when you're younger/older, richer, smarter, or retired~
Hobby farmer to include: chickens, ducks, Tennessee Walker horse, mini pony, 3 herding dogs, 2 house cats, 1 house bunny, 1 parakeet
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~Make every day a great day - life's happening now - not when you're younger/older, richer, smarter, or retired~
Hobby farmer to include: chickens, ducks, Tennessee Walker horse, mini pony, 3 herding dogs, 2 house cats, 1 house bunny, 1 parakeet
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post #6 of 7
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Should I just mix a little grit into their baby chick crumbles?

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post #7 of 7

At four wks old now- my chicks love meal worms. One of them loves to gobble them down- while the other 2 peck at them, but havent figured out what else to do with them. Then 1st one comes around and steals them- running off singing the "I've got something good!" song.

Just three girls....a BR and 2 BO's. And I love em to death! Wishing for the day to have some acreage for more.
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Just three girls....a BR and 2 BO's. And I love em to death! Wishing for the day to have some acreage for more.
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