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and if so...when can i give them some?...and can you give t hem earth worms?....my foster son brought me one today(for the chickens..smile) and i was tempted to give it to my older chicks..they are 3-4 weeks old, but didnt:(..i wasnt sure they can have them yet..thanks, Wendy

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post #2 of 12

As long as they have access to chick grit or dirt smile Mine LOVE millet! AND worms!

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post #3 of 12

Mine are almost 4 weeks old and they love millet.  You need to give them extra grit when you start giving them extra treats like that.  I don't know about earthworms.  I have seen people on the forum say that you have to cut them up for the little ones.

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Chickenless No More.  Got 8 lovely adolescent chickens, 3 Ameraucaunas, 3 French Wheaton Marans and 2 Olive eggers.
The rain it raineth on the just, and also on the unjust fella;
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post #4 of 12
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thanks guys..good!..i can give millet..i cant wait to try some for them...i've been dying to give them something different.wee..where do i put the grit?..in a seperate bowl?..or with the chick starter?..thanks..Wendy

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post #5 of 12

I throw mine down in a tupperware lid (I also do big clumps of dirt this way too) and they scratch and gobble it down. 11 week old chicks can turn a small shovelfull of dirt into dust in a matter of minutes! LOL

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post #6 of 12
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so..i can just give them dirt..if i dont have any grit?....sand -dirt..or dirt-dirt?,..(if that statement even makes sense to anyone..lol:))..they are about 3-4 weeks old..can they have dirt now?..thanks wendy


Edited by redhen - 6/8/08 at 6:40pm

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post #7 of 12

I have done all 3 ... grit, sand and dirt..... dirt is the cheapest and they like it the best...especially if you leave the grass and weeds in it wink As far as I know there is no reason that they cannot. I have heard said that it helps to boost their immunities as well. Under more natural circumstances mama hen would have them out digging in it wink I'm sure others will post with their opinions.

You always run the risk when exposing them to outside elements that something could happen. I think that goes without saying. But I have had no trouble.

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post #8 of 12

I try to use clean dirt, if that makes any sense.  tongue  By that I mean dirt that hasn't had cars or farm equipment parked on it and definitely from a area without any chemicals; not that we use chemicals on our lawn. 
One piece of advice about the millet.  Be sure and remove the stems after your chicks have picked it cleaned.  It usually takes my 18 chicks about 45 seconds for a large piece of millet.  If you don't remove the stem you're sure to find one smarty chicken that tries to eat the entire stem and then runs around with it hanging out of their mouth because they can't get it all down.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people. 

A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, runner ducks, call ducks, two geese that are my feathered children, and a crossbeak silkie X named Dragon. 

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post #9 of 12
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thanks everyone!.. once again,...your help is much appreciated!smile..Wendy

I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when i will give my heart. ~ Jack Nicholson 

Look! A ladder!! Maybe it leads to heaven, or a sandwich... 

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I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when i will give my heart. ~ Jack Nicholson 

Look! A ladder!! Maybe it leads to heaven, or a sandwich... 

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post #10 of 12
I have been cooking up millet for breakfast mush and make a little extra for the chickens. They think they have a really good treat. But am making up a block andwondered if I could put it in the block uncooked. Also, can I put sesame seeds in the block
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