can (baby) chickens eat.....?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by funlvr, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. funlvr

    funlvr Hatching

    Mar 21, 2009
    San Francisco
    I live in SF, CA and have a pantry filled with "processed" foods. Like, they contain soy lechithin and other preservatives.

    can we feed baby chicks these foods? or they must be chickens and laying eggs? these will be treats for them!

    canned vegetables/fruit

    juice eg. Snapple,apple juice, etc

    asian noodles, pasta, spaghetti. (boiled)

    leftovers from breakfast,dinner, lunch (not too salty)

    dessert eg. cake/cookies/pie (like leftovers from parties. may or may not be homemade)

    canned soups (not broth soup based)

    I read the chicken treat chart post. So technically, I can feed them anything as long as it's not too much,in moderation, and not potato skins/citrus/candy/etc. etc?

    This question has been bugging me FOREVER! so, if you can answer it, i will be soooo thankful [​IMG]
  2. congdon476

    congdon476 GaLLiNa LOcA

    Dec 31, 2008
    Pueblo Area
    I would be more cautious with chicks... they're like human babies- stomachs upset easily.

    Adult chickens... have at it.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Chicks are growing fast and need good nutrition to develop properly. Honestly, I wouldn't give most of that to chicks. It won't kill them, but it won't do them any good. It would mostly be empty calories, filling them up and keeping them from eating more nutritious foods.
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Give them parakeet grit before you start introducing them to any foods that aren't chick feed.

    I agree that while the chicks can eat these things, they don't need to. Given a choice between candy and veggies, a toddler will pick candy. It's the same for the chicks.

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