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Baby chicks and snacks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by faith2221, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. faith2221

    faith2221 New Egg

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    Ok I just got 7 baby chicks from tractor supply and they are just a week old. When can I start giving them scraps of fruit and veggies? Are they old enough to peck at an apple core? They a currently just on chick starter.

    Thanks!
    monica
     
  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I give my chicks protein, hand feed sips of yolk and water, toss in a bit of cooked hamberger, and any sandwich meats, or hard boiled egg cooled. makes a strong chick.
     
  3. faith2221

    faith2221 New Egg

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    I heard that feeding chicks meat makes them aggressive. Can they eat fruits right now?
     
  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    well I heard feeding DOGS meat can make'm aggressive too, the way I figure the chickens eat bugs n'stuff that is meat too. I don't feed'm that all the time they need it for growth when they are young and when they get older... that is why they call it a snack. I have not heard of any vegan chickens. If you toss them a meat scrap the will not turn up their nose.
     
  5. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    potato peals are not good for chickens though.
     
  6. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    my chicks always like apple sauce, and they like yogurt.
     
  7. gunshyvw

    gunshyvw Out Of The Brooder

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    vegan chickens...

    I have this image of chickens doing yoga when I think about this for some reason.

    I have read (I have no personal experience yet) that chicks should be a week old before any snacks, but maybe that's not right...
     
  8. gimmie birdies

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    40 years here, but hey my kids don't listen to me either.
     
  9. TerryLP

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    I also am interested in the answer to this question. My chicks are just about a week old. We eat a fare amount of fruit in our family and wind up with apple cores and banana peels every day. I would love to be able to give some these to them, but I do not want to do that too soon.
     
  10. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I think when a momma raises a chick she feeds it everything in the environment. I would not worry about it, but you all must be a bunch of fruit-aholics, LOL!
     
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