Baby Chicks and Meal Worms

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FeatherMtnFarms, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can chicks around a day old have mealworms? I was planning on using some for training purposes. If not, what, if anything, else can I use? Thank you!
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    I would wait until they are eating their starter well, and you see that they have full crops on a regular basis. Then, you could start the meal worms, but be sure you offer them grit when you start anything other than feed. After they are eating well, you can give them a plug of sod from your lawn (if you do not use any insecticides or herbicides). From that, they will get: grit, minerals, some healthy bacteria and fungi for their gut flora, their first greens, and some tiny insects and seeds, and their first dust bath.
     
  3. gizzyntaz

    gizzyntaz Out Of The Brooder

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    I gave my chicks black soldier fly larva at about one week. They loved them. Once they are all eating and drinking appropriately I don't see any reason not to use them. It is hilarious watching them play keep away.
     
  4. FeatherMtnFarms

    FeatherMtnFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What great ideas and comments! Thank you! The sod is a wonderful idea.

    Black soldier fly larva is pretty much the same thing as mealworms? Thank you! I love to watch them play keep away!
     

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