1 week old chicks and mealworms

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sonic Pug, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Sonic Pug

    Sonic Pug Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can I give one week old chicks mealworms? Also, is it true you have to cut the worms' heads off or can I let the chicks have at 'em? Thanks
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    It would be unnecessary to cut the heads off meal worms. If you give your chicks anything other than chick crumbles you will need to provide grit. They sell grit that is sized specifically for chicks and I would scatter a small amount for your chicks to use to aid in digestion.
  3. Rachy

    Rachy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2011
    I gave my 2 week old mealworms. I bought them the mini sized ones and mad sure they had access to chick grit [​IMG]
  4. beagletack

    beagletack Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 22, 2011
    Heart of Dixie
    Is the grit called chick grit? Does tractor supply have it, you think?
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2011
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    It is called chick grit and TSC carries it in small bags
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2011
  6. Lil'ChickFarm

    Lil'ChickFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2011
    My chicks are going to be on sand, so natural grit. I usually give the white mealies to the young ones. Those are the ones that have shed and will look white in the box.
  7. proxieme

    proxieme Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2012
    Bumping this to say that I've been giving my weeklings mealworms after breaking them in half.
    It should be fine as long as I supply them with sand, right?

    They seem to really enjoy them - it's the only way I've gotten them to come up to my hand. A couple will even jump and flap to get at them. So far, they only get them from my or a family member's hand (so they come to associate us with all that is good and right with the world rather than with just the chick-trauma of having their vent holes checked).
    They're hilarious- like having our own little goofy circus. This one in particular - the most laid back/least aggressive in the group who never gets a worm unless I throw it at her - doesn't even it once she gets a hold of one. She runs around the brooder, dried up worm in her beak, cheeping frantically until everyone starts to chase her.
  8. dirtbath

    dirtbath Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2009
    North Carolina
    I started feeding my chicks mealworms at 3 weeks old and now they eat garden worms off a silver spoon. They stare at me like I'm the "worm fairy" its so funny! I'm a grown woman digging in a garden with a spoon looking for worms-what is my ife coming too? LOL!

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