can chickens eat millet?....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by redhen, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    and if so...when can i give them some?...and can you give t hem earth worms?....my foster son brought me one today(for the chickens..[​IMG]) and i was tempted to give it to my older chicks..they are 3-4 weeks old, but didnt:(..i wasnt sure they can have them yet..thanks, Wendy
     
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    As long as they have access to chick grit or dirt [​IMG] Mine LOVE millet! AND worms!
     
  3. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are almost 4 weeks old and they love millet. You need to give them extra grit when you start giving them extra treats like that. I don't know about earthworms. I have seen people on the forum say that you have to cut them up for the little ones.
     
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    thanks guys..good!..i can give millet..i cant wait to try some for them...i've been dying to give them something different.[​IMG]..where do i put the grit?..in a seperate bowl?..or with the chick starter?..thanks..Wendy
     
  5. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    I throw mine down in a tupperware lid (I also do big clumps of dirt this way too) and they scratch and gobble it down. 11 week old chicks can turn a small shovelfull of dirt into dust in a matter of minutes! LOL
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    so..i can just give them dirt..if i dont have any grit?....sand -dirt..or dirt-dirt?,..(if that statement even makes sense to anyone..lol:))..they are about 3-4 weeks old..can they have dirt now?..thanks wendy
     
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  7. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    I have done all 3 ... grit, sand and dirt..... dirt is the cheapest and they like it the best...especially if you leave the grass and weeds in it [​IMG] As far as I know there is no reason that they cannot. I have heard said that it helps to boost their immunities as well. Under more natural circumstances mama hen would have them out digging in it [​IMG] I'm sure others will post with their opinions.

    You always run the risk when exposing them to outside elements that something could happen. I think that goes without saying. But I have had no trouble.
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I try to use clean dirt, if that makes any sense. [​IMG] By that I mean dirt that hasn't had cars or farm equipment parked on it and definitely from a area without any chemicals; not that we use chemicals on our lawn.
    One piece of advice about the millet. Be sure and remove the stems after your chicks have picked it cleaned. It usually takes my 18 chicks about 45 seconds for a large piece of millet. If you don't remove the stem you're sure to find one smarty chicken that tries to eat the entire stem and then runs around with it hanging out of their mouth because they can't get it all down.
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    thanks everyone!.. once again,...your help is much appreciated![​IMG]..Wendy
     
  10. momma60

    momma60 New Egg

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    I have been cooking up millet for breakfast mush and make a little extra for the chickens. They think they have a really good treat. But am making up a block andwondered if I could put it in the block uncooked. Also, can I put sesame seeds in the block
     

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