Age to start giving whole grains and seeds as treats

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Beezer, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. Beezer

    Beezer Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  2. GreatBreeder

    GreatBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they get real feathers and not just fluff
     
  3. Folly's place

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    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
     
  4. barred2rock

    barred2rock Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  5. Beezer

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    Thanks!
     

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