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Do You Feed Your Baby Chicks Eggs?

post #1 of 14
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I was just wondering:  do you feed your baby chicks either scrambled or smashed up boiled eggs?


If you do, do you feed them chick sized grit with that?


How young can they eat cooked eggs?

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Barry is father to 21 hens, 3 cockerels, 2 cats and a currently unknown number of babies born today, Nov 10, 2011!
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post #2 of 14

I started feeding my babies hard boiled eggs at about 5 days old and mix it with their starter fed in a food processor, and they o crazy over it!!
I only do this about every other day so they still get enough of the starter food because it has grit in it.
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post #3 of 14

I have been feeding mine scrambled eggs.  I break them up into small pieces in the pan and after they cool add a couple drops of poly-vi-sol.  Seems like they were about 4 days old, first time I did it.  They didn't have any grit at the time.  At about a week old, I did give them a tiny sandbox with some fine play sand.  They love it.  I try to keep it down to once or twice a week....cuz I figure their chick mash should have all the nutrients they need??

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Originally Posted by Barry Natchitoches 

I was just wondering:  do you feed your baby chicks either scrambled or smashed up boiled eggs?


If you do, do you feed them chick sized grit with that?


How young can they eat cooked eggs?


Absolutely, since  the day we got them they have had egg yolks every day and now scrambled eggs every day, they look so forward to the time when they see the "plate" they go nuts and I always mix a little sand and crumbles in with it.  We have 16 so in the mornining we split 2 plates with 1 egg each along with some oatmeal and crumbles and all have done wonderful, I recommend highly!

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post #5 of 14

I give them egg shells and sand for grit, and for food they get compost and starter/grower feed and any food that fell on the floor.

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post #6 of 14

I give mine 1/2 or less of a hard boiled yolk every now and then.  I give them their "other" favorite treat almost every day though!  The other favorite is a little Chick Starter (I do about 1 Tablespoon) mixed with some Hot Water (from the tap, but agaon, about 1 Tablespoon).  They go equally crazy for both treats, but I give mine Chick Grit when they're going to have the yolk, just be on the safe side.  They also have a sand box full of play sand that they thought was another treat, but after a few "cement poos", they've given up that habit. wink

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ChickenCrazy - I would be careful about the egg shells...I've read on the site that giving a chick too much Calcium before they're laying eggs of their own can really screw up the development!  Also, it isn't really a grit...they can "digest" it.

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post #7 of 14

Mine get mashed hard boiled egg starting at about a week old. Two or three times a week. They love it. I usually try to hand feed it, since it helps tame them down and make them more friendly. My understanding is they don't need grit with the egg yolk, but once they start getting other treats (for mine, usually around 3 weeks old), they do need some. I put the sandbox in the brooder this week. They love to play in it. They eat some, but not a lot as yet. They will be 3 weeks old on Monday.

- Mak
1 White Crested blue splash Polish hen, 4 Red Star hens, 2 Dominique hens. The Chicklets: 2 EE, 1 LB, 1 GLW, 1 BO, 1 Austrolorp
People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately --Oscar Wilde
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- Mak
1 White Crested blue splash Polish hen, 4 Red Star hens, 2 Dominique hens. The Chicklets: 2 EE, 1 LB, 1 GLW, 1 BO, 1 Austrolorp
People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately --Oscar Wilde
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post #8 of 14

haha!! cement poo!

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Originally Posted by WhySayWhat 

I give mine 1/2 or less of a hard boiled yolk every now and then.  I give them their "other" favorite treat almost every day though!  The other favorite is a little Chick Starter (I do about 1 Tablespoon) mixed with some Hot Water (from the tap, but agaon, about 1 Tablespoon).  They go equally crazy for both treats, but I give mine Chick Grit when they're going to have the yolk, just be on the safe side.  They also have a sand box full of play sand that they thought was another treat, but after a few "cement poos", they've given up that habit. wink

http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l573/Marcy_Dunafon/girls2.jpg

ChickenCrazy - I would be careful about the egg shells...I've read on the site that giving a chick too much Calcium before they're laying eggs of their own can really screw up the development!  Also, it isn't really a grit...they can "digest" it.

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post #9 of 14

I do.  2 boiled eggs mashed up with some oatmeal or leftover chopped spaghetti noodles every afternoon.  I'm not worrying about them not getting enough chick feed - they're now going through almost 12 cups a day!!!  In comparison, their daily treat is miniscule.  Once a week, we'll do crickets or meal worms.

post #10 of 14

I've given mine mashed up boiled egg as soon as I took them out of the incubator a couple of times, when I had been badly organised and didn't have a sack of chick crumbs ready for them...

ETA: Just mashed up yolk, not the white. And no, I didn't add grit to it.


Edited by Gypsy07 - 3/31/11 at 8:45am
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Breeder of Marsh Daisies; keeper of a pick-n-mix laying flock of Leghorns, Marans, ISA Browns, Black Rocks, Daisy culls and various Mystery Muttleys. The dogs in my avatar pic are fat Sam, the assumed cross of a greedy black Lab and a sneaky Collie, and grumpy Meg, the smallest and narkiest Jack Russell for 50 miles in any direction.
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