Are my chicks defective?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NorTracNY, May 22, 2008.

  1. NorTracNY

    NorTracNY Songster

    Mar 1, 2008
    Macedon, NY
    My 3 week old chicks don't seem to like treats. I keep hearing people talk about their chicks going crazy over some treats. I am feeding them grit. I've tried bits of chives, grapes, dandelions, and tops of celery. They have picked up and dropped a few pieces, but they haven't eaten anything. Am I giving them the wrong stuff or are they defective? [​IMG]
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It takes time for them to get used to new food. Eventually they will get it. Boiled egg is often a hit though.
  3. Myst4

    Myst4 Songster

    Apr 1, 2008
    N.S., Canada
    Quote:Do you need to give them grit when giving them boiled egg?
  4. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    The first treat mine responded well to was spagetti. I do believe they should have grit as soon as they are eating anything other than chick starter.
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Can you find a few worms or maybe some crickets? Or cook and chop them some hard-boiled egg. Some people swear their chicks love cheerios, but mine are only mildly interested in them. Their #1 favorite treat is millet, found in the pet bird dept. in stores. I give them very little, but you can tell they wish there was more. I always remove the stripped stem after they pick it clean after I had to remove a stem from one little piggy-chicken that tried to swallow it.
  6. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    Quote:Great information, along with the idea about spagetti. I want my chickens to adore me, or at least tolerate me. Right now there are two that think lap chicken might be a good idea.

    I told DH that we need to start raising meal worms again for his fish and my chicks. Maybe this weekend we will get that set up.
  7. WrenAli

    WrenAli Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Lebanon, OR
    My 5 week olds are not fond of treats either. I give them yogurt and they look offended.

  8. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Songster

    Mar 28, 2008
    We start handfeeding our chicks almost immediately. By two weeks old they
    jump into my hands looking for treats.

    Note:Only chick food is good for the first week. Then you can give them
    ground oatmeal, white rice, pasta, etc...
  9. catfish

    catfish Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Greenbrier, Arkansas
    My older chicks love tortillas. They also love clover, they wasn't real fond of rye bread.
  10. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    My chicks thought I was trying to POISON them first time I put something in for them, their first treat was a slice of Butternut to peck at - you would not BELIEVE the dirty looks they gave me [​IMG]
    By the next morning there was a hole in the center of the slice and they were running around taking turns holding it and screaming! [​IMG]

    Next was spaghetti - and again they looked at me like I was trying to bump them off......

    Silly chickens!

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