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Howdy BSFman

 

As my chicks have all been raised by a broody, they start eating ‘bugs’ as soon as mumma takes them from the nest.

 

I thoroughly enjoy watching her teach the little ones how to catch flies and when the meal worms are being doled out, she is more than happy to give hers to the little ones and they are even happier to eat them.

 

Having said that, this is a broody hen, digging and scratching up what she can and calling over her chicks to watch and learn and also get a snack.

 

I would be a little concerned if the chicks were in a bin with lots and lots of insects on which they could gorge themselves.

 

The same goes for my adult gals, while I am sure they could all empty out the container of live meal worms we have for them in one session, they only need and get a few a day.

 

So no, it is not too early but be careful with the amount.


Edited by Teila - 11/18/15 at 7:20pm

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

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post #22 of 25
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Howdy BSFman
 
As my chicks have all been raised by a broody, they start eating ‘bugs’ as soon as mumma takes them from the nest.

I thoroughly enjoy watching her teach the little ones how to catch flies and when the meal worms are being doled out, she is more than happy to give hers to the little ones and they are even happier to eat them.

Having said that, this is a broody hen, digging and scratching up what she can and calling over her chicks to watch and learn and also get a snack.

I would be a little concerned if the chicks were in a bin with lots and lots of insects on which they could gorge themselves.

The same goes for my adult gals, while I am sure they could all empty out the container of live meal worms we have for them in one session, they only need and get a few a day.

So no, it is not too early but be careful with the amount.
Thank you. That's kinda what I was thinking but I didn't want to answer since I'm so new.
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You can never overfeed a chicken.  As long as you supply them with food 24/7 they will eat when they are hungry.

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Meet the Feather Mountain Flock!
Peep (Amerucana), Frosting (Delaware), Hazel (Speckled Sussex), Circuit (Buckeye), Paisley (White Cochin), Mr. Stella (Birchen Cochin Bantam), Lacey (Golden Laced Wyandotte), Aurora, (Splash Andalusian), Venus (Blue Andalusian), Twinkie (Buff Orpington), Raven (Australorp), Winston (Salmon Faverolle) and 2 Pekin ducks! Mini and Hercules!
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Thank you. That's kinda what I was thinking but I didn't want to answer since I'm so new.

I also want to point out that if  you are offering your chicks (or any chicken for that matter) anything other than a commercial feed, they need access to grit. TSC usually sells the small grit for babies as well as the coarser stuff for adults. You could also offer them a chunk of outside dirt or day trips to the yard when its warm and they'll instinctively pick and eat what they need.

As a matter of fact, that is chicken poo on my arm. Why do you ask?
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As a matter of fact, that is chicken poo on my arm. Why do you ask?
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I also want to point out that if  you are offering your chicks (or any chicken for that matter) anything other than a commercial feed, they need access to grit. TSC usually sells the small grit for babies as well as the coarser stuff for adults. You could also offer them a chunk of outside dirt or day trips to the yard when its warm and they'll instinctively pick and eat what they need.
Thanks nupe.
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