baby chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jodyb, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. jodyb

    jodyb Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 12, 2012
    Deep Gap, North Carolina
    I have never had baby chicks before. I have 19 of a large variety. Just gave them some of my chicken soup. At first they were not interested but when a few brave chicks got a load of the chicken in the soup they all caught on quickly and went bananas!

    My question is: can you feed 3 week old chicks suit? It seems to have a lot of fat in it. My babies are growing so fast. I can't believe how big their feet are!
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I don't give my chicks any treats until they are 6 or so weeks old. You can, but I just don't. Make sure they have some access to grit to break down the treats in their crop. Also, don't give them too much as soup is high in sodium.
  3. jodyb

    jodyb Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 12, 2012
    Deep Gap, North Carolina
    Thank you for your response. My soup is homemade from all organic, non GMO chicken and veggies. But thank you for your sharing.

  4. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    You mean suet? I would go very light on that. The high fat content will give them diarrhea as well as stinky droppings. Are you feeding chick feed for their main diet? Oh, and you probably know this but grit is needed for suet products with seeds in them.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    Same here, my little ones go nuts over home made soup. I just give them the veggies, mashed up, with a few pieces of starter thrown on top. Soup is low fat without added sodium. And they do get grit. I only give them a taste at this point as I don't want to overload their system.

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