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An introduction...and a question about picky eaters...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ORtechMamahen, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. ORtechMamahen

    ORtechMamahen New Egg

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    Hi everyone. I have been reading articles on this site and reading the forums for a while. I have to admit, I'm so overwhelmed with information that my head is spinning.

    A little background. I am a mom of 5. My older four children are ranged 26-18. My youngest will be 9 next month. She has profound developmental delays. Caring for her is a full time job in itself. While I love her to pieces, I've found that the absence of her siblings on a day to day basis has been too quiet around here.

    My husband and I have been talking about having chickens for a few years...Just talking. But this year, it seems the quietness of our house finally led us into buying our first little family of chicks. We live in a village with rules, and although we sit on 3/4 of an acre of land our hens won't be able to free range.

    We are only limited to 6 chickens. No roosters. Hopefully we didn't get any roosters because I don't want to have go give any of them up. We have 2 Leghorns, 2 Rhode Island Reds, an amber sex link, and a black sex link. They will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. We have kept them in a recycled pond liner with a heating bulb.

    When they were two weeks old, I started giving them grit and mealworms. But since then they don't seem to want anything but their feed and mealworms. They aren't interested in any other treats. Is this a problem? Shouldn't they instinctively want to eat veggies or greens?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Why eat your vegetables when you can have the 'good' stuff? [​IMG] Not a problem - right now the balanced chick diet is most important to them as they are growing. They will come to like the other 'treats' - good luck with them.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Not a problem. If they were free ranging they'd be eating bugs and worms. The chick feed is providing them with good nutrition.
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     

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