Can baby chicks eat bugs?

Echoes

Songster
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Feb 23, 2009
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I just switched my brooder bedding from hay to pine chips and my 1 week old chicks keep digging around and pecking at the chips, almost looks like they are trying to eat it. I was thinking they are just looking for bugs.

Is it too soon to start throwing bugs in there for them to find?

When should I start doing that?

What kind of bugs to start with?

Is there anywhere to buy them??
 
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kees

Songster
12 Years
Feb 5, 2008
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I just found tiny, tiny ones in the yard and gave it to them. Nothing with biting pincers though. I don't think that they liked ants.

Suzy

 

PurpleChicken

Tolerated.....Mostly
12 Years
Apr 6, 2007
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Most pet stores sell small worms or small crickets that chicks can start
eating around 3 weeks.

Feed them some noodles. They think they are worms.
 

nicodemuschickenfan

Songster
11 Years
Nov 9, 2008
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You can buy meal worms and the like at most pet stores. Petsmart now has a rather good selection of canned bugs and live bugs for sale. Don't know though if chicks would like meal bugs though...
 

Echoes

Songster
10 Years
Feb 23, 2009
127
3
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Connecticut
Awesome!! I didn't even think about PetSmart. I'll go there tomrrow and pick out some little bugs for them.

It's okay for 1 week old chicks to eat them though?
 

amarook

Songster
10 Years
Mar 4, 2009
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Mine will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. I've been giving them meal worms, crickets, and cut up earth worms for the past week and 1/2.

They LOVE them. They go crazy chasing each other around. It's fun to watch.
 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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If they were with a mama hen wandering the barnyard they'd have been eating bugs from the day they left the nest....so basically day one.
 
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