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

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

  1. ORtechMamahen

    ORtechMamahen New Egg

    Apr 21, 2016
    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

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​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

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    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 Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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