ALFALFA CUBES SOAKED FOR BABY CHICKS??????????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DonnaBelle, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. DonnaBelle

    DonnaBelle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone gave baby chicks alfalfa cubes soaked in water?? Good idea or no??

    DonnaBelle
     
  2. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    The cubes I've seen have pieces that are much too large for little chicks. I would definitely not do that. They need a more pulverized product, until they get larger.
     
  3. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For what purpose? Everything they need for now is in their chick starter.
     
  4. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

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    I don;t think I would soak it. If you added some crumbled up to their feed, I don't think it would hurt them. If you soak it it might cause some problems.
     
  5. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    How old are they? I wouldn't do this until they're at least 8 weeks, and when/if you do it, yes, they should be soaked in warm water. Make sure they have grit.
     
  6. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Soaking it can cause it to get moldy. You can get a clump of grass, dirt, roots, and all, and give them to play with. They will jump all over it and dig into it. Just make sure to give some kind of grit too. I put mine in a cut out cereal box to help keep it clean so the dirt wouldn't get everywhere. Just don't soak the alfalfa.
     

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