Can baby chicks eat bugs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Echoes, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Echoes

    Echoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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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??
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009
  2. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    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

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  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    I went to PetSupermarket and bought 2 dozen pin head crickets, once they figured out what they were, they went crazy for them!! [​IMG]
     
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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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.
     
  5. nicodemuschickenfan

    nicodemuschickenfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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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... [​IMG]
     
  6. Echoes

    Echoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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?
     
  7. welovechickens

    welovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I fed my 1-week-old chicks earthworms (small) from my garden. They went berserk for them, once they figured out what to do. LOL [​IMG]
     
  8. Echoes

    Echoes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haha. GREAT!! I'll have to try that too.
     
  9. amarook

    amarook Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. [​IMG]
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    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.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2009

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