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A list of food scraps chicks shouldn't eat?

post #1 of 13
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I have 13 week old chickens. Is there a list of table scraps they shouldn't eat?

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post #2 of 13

There are some! To be honest though just be careful dont feed them meat or egg! But most fruit & veg is fine just check with the other members!

post #3 of 13

The only think I don't feed mine is raw potato peels!! Mine eat tons of meat including chicken and they also eat eggs!! idunno

I always say if it's good enough for me to eat then it's good enough for the chickens!!


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post #4 of 13

Howdy Lionbee, and welcome to BYC!

You can find a chart of the good and the bad on this page...
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post #5 of 13

Avacodos are bad.

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post #6 of 13

There is only a few things, I can think of off the top of my head.

Anything moldy, spoiled or rotten.

Avocado- although some people do.

Green potato peels.

Garlic & onions are said to affect the taste of the eggs, in large amounts

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

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Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

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post #7 of 13

Eggs are fine - it's what they eat while they're developing and hatching anyway hmm .
If they're 13 weeks and have had any sort of time on the ground, or if you've given them any grit, they can eat pretty much anything a grown chicken can eat.  Plus the more variety you offer them the more likely they are to accept new foods later.  Meat is ok (extra protein) - fish, chicken . . . just don't go nuts.  They should still get a majority of their food from the grower feed since it has more balanced nutrients - but offer them fruits, greens, bread, yogurt . . . whatever leftovers you have.  Stay away from avocado (although it's not 100% determined to be toxic there is some speculation).  Just bring it on and see what they like - you'll be amazed at the little chow-hounds.

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post #8 of 13
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Thank you all so much!!

I have a little compost bucket by my sink. Now I will add a little bowl for chicken scraps. I wanted to mainly make sure they were old enough for treats and which items to avoid completely.

"Our generation has an incredible amount of realism, yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change. Because, if it does change, then it won't have anything to complain about." ~ Tori Amos

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post #9 of 13

Did you mean your chicks are 13 weeks old, or that you have 13 one week old chicks?

post #10 of 13

Did you mean your chicks are 13 weeks old, or that you have 13 one week old chicks?


Good point!

IMO very young birds should eat their crumbles, every mouthful is important when they are growing very fast; by a month old I give a rare treat and provide grit if necessary; then by 4 months, I'm more comfortable with clean scraps from the kitchen and free ranging to eat grass, etc. They are still growing very slowly, but I feel eating their fresh vegies is as important as the commercial pellets fortified with vit/minerals.

Though I do wonder why I am so careful about giving unspoiled food when so many head for the compost pile to check out the spoiled scraps thrown in compost!he

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