7 1/2 week old chicks.... can they watermelon and other non starter grower food options at this ag

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Sandy80, Jun 23, 2016.

  1. Sandy80

    Sandy80 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm the proud chixs-momma of a dozen 7 1/2 week old chicks (mix of favorelles, wyandottes, auracuanas and australorps ), and this is my 2nd post and request for help on this forum since joining this community. The girls are being raised as pets, the fun they bring to life and for their eggs - nothing more.

    My girls have been on Purina Organic chicken starter grower feed since day 3 of life when i brought them home. They seem to love it.

    Questions:
    1. how safe it is to introduce other foods/ treats at this age ? right now the only treat i give them is meal worms ( & sparingly ). I have greens from radish plants that are growing outside their coop run - the girls go gaga over the leaves when they can peck a leaf free - is this OK for their digestion?

    2. How long should I plan to continue to provide this starter /grower food before moving to the next stage? The packaging says up t 18 weeks. Thoughts?

    3. what about watermelon? Is it safe to give them some to eat now? I've read chickens love watermelon.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback and personal experiences on the above that you have had.
     
  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they were being raised by a broody they would have been eating anything an adult could from when they left the nest. Yours can definitely eat anything now, provided they have grit. So yes they can try watermelon. If they are pulling in the radish leaves through the wire I doubt they could get enough to cause something like an impacted crop. The starter/grower they could eat all their life, provided they have a calcium supplement. Some feed starter/grower or an all flock so their non layers don't get too much calcium.
     

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