Anyone have a favorite treat for new chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yzmike777, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. yzmike777

    yzmike777 In the Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    Cedar City
    Hi! I am the proud new mommy to five little chickies and was wondering if anyone wanted to chime in on when I can start giving them treats and what they enjoy! Also two of my babies are Silkies and it gets down to about 0 here is the winter, I am having my husband build an amazing home for them this week so I was wondering what temp do they need to stay comfortable? Any and all other pointers or tips to keep my babies healthy safe and happy would be awesome! Thanks guys Xoxo
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  2. damarisgw

    damarisgw Songster

    May 29, 2009
  3. Luke13:34

    Luke13:34 Songster

    Aug 3, 2010
    The Naugatuck Valley
    Yay!! Congrats on the new babies. I have 8 day olds at this point. Treats I have given them so far include cooked green beans, polenta, watermelon and chopped alfalfa. It has been very warm here this week, too, so I have let them outside in a small pen to scratch for bugs.

    As far as temps in the brooder.. from what I understand, the rule of thumb is to start at 95 degrees and decrease by 5 degrees each week for 5-6 weeks. But.. not all chicks like 95 degrees. Mine prefer the temp around 88 at night and I shut the heat lamp off altogether during the day and open the garage doors for fresh air. Watch birdy behavior, not the thermometer.
  4. Nekhebet

    Nekhebet Songster

    Aug 25, 2010
    My chicks are in love with live mealworms. They don't run nearly as fast as the baby crickets [​IMG]
  5. KBChicks

    KBChicks Songster

    Apr 21, 2010
    We gave our babies scrambled eggs and yogurt....we didn't have to worry about adding grit with those snacks and it was funny as heck watching one of the chicks running around with a piece of egg and the others chasing it![​IMG]

    We also started them out at 95 degrees lowering 5 degrees each week...

    if the chicks huddled in a corner away from the light we lowered a little more (raising the lamp)
  6. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Songster

    May 2, 2010
    Mine adore scrambled eggs. [​IMG]
  7. mrsbos

    mrsbos Chirping

    Aug 11, 2010
    Greenacres, WA
    My 3 week old chicks LOVE craneflies/mayflies! I've never seen birds go so crazy for an insect. It's so fun to watch them scramble for them that my whole family goes into the backyard and hunts for them to feed the chicks (it's been too cold to let them out and hunt themselves).
  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Scrambled and Boiled eggs are a favorite with my chicks! [​IMG]
  9. Mushies! We just add a little water to a spoonful of Purina Start n Grow and say the magic word "Mushies!" and they come running. I think its the social part they like the most, the pretty spoon and the kids' attention and the crowding around the spoon of mushies together. Plus, its safe and there wont be surprise messy poop later.

    And welcome!

    We sometimes chickened out in the coldest winter weather and set up a coop for our Silkies in our basement, only because we weren't home all the time to check up on and care for the animals outside. As long as they only ate their Purina Layena, the poops were easily manageable and not stinky. Wrapped up the poops every a.m. (flat lining layers of newspaper with a little bit of pine shavings) and whomever's home at lunch wrapped up any poops then and same thing after dinner and at bedtime. But with grade schoolers' schedules, expecting kids to go back outdoors and try to manage coop care in winter gear was unrealistic. When the kids got bigger and a little more reliable/reasonable, the outdoor coop also grew up into a more reasonable winter home with a little bit of heat.

    This summer we had a surprise infestation of mites, now we know to protect against that, too. Mites can make the chickens very anemic very quickly, and the birds could easily freeze to death.

    Glad to know you're loving Silkies, too! They make life so bearable! They really are funny little beings. Good luck!
  10. Keara

    Keara Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    raw baby spinach..... dandelion greens

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