Age to start giving whole grains and seeds as treats

Beezer

In the Brooder
Apr 28, 2016
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Conway, AR
My Coop
Hello,
My chicks are currently four weeks old. They're on a starter/grower formula and get occassional treats. So far they tried meal worms (love) strawberries (love) arugula (favorite) and some other kitchen scraps in small amounts. They have a dish of chick grit in with them. I was wondering at what age to start introducing "tougher" treats, like black oil sunflower seeds or whole scratch grains? Thanks for any advice.
 

Folly's place

Enabler
8 Years
Sep 13, 2011
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southern Michigan
In very small amounts, anytime is fine, as long as they have grit available. If they were out with a broody hen, they'd already be eating all that stuff, and more. Just remember how tiny they are, and keep the extras less than 10% of their diet. Mary
 

barred2rock

Crowing
Mar 4, 2017
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San De Cristo Range - Colorado Rockies
I started my BRs on treats around 8 weeks, but only very small amounts. They LOVE wild bird seed, fruits & nuts (basically scratch with a few dried fruits & nuts included, in a smaller bag compared to scratch grains). At most, I give them 1/2 cup (for all five) once or twice a week. Don't want them too fat.
 

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