can chicks drink milk?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chasep, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. chasep

    chasep In the Brooder

    Jan 3, 2009
    i was just wondering if i can feed my chicks milk so maybe they will grow stronger
    can you do this?
  2. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    yeah, chicks CAN drink any liquid.

    I wouldn't suggest it.
  3. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I've never heard of anyone doing so before. [​IMG]

    I just feed mine chick starter, which already has everything in it, nutrition-wise, that they need to help them grow. I'm afraid milk would give them diarrhea.

    I'm sure other members will come along and give their experiences and opinions, too!

  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    The only time chicks should get milk is if you are battling cocci and then, it's the raw milk that coats the intestines best and helps with that. Generally, probably not a good idea to regularly just give chicks milk. They dont digest lactose that well. I give mine buttermilk and pumpkin seeds as a natural wormer, but only about once a week.
  5. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I think this discussion came up before and determined it was not a good idea. Most animals are lactose intollerant and actually do quite badly with cow milk. It's really not a good thing to give any pet.
  6. ChanceRider

    ChanceRider Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Somerset, CA
    Guess my birds and I didn't know that they shouldn't have milk! My layers and Cornish X have all been raised with supplemental goat milk.... fresh from the goats. No problems with diarrhea (sp?) and they love it. So far, I've seen no adverse effects from giving them goat milk.
  7. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
    I have used powdered milk and just mixed the powder in their food with no problem
  8. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Fresh milk is different from store bought milk and goat milk is different from cow milk. I am lactose intollerant and many people with mild intollerance or milk allergies have found they can drink whole milk straight from the animal but not the processed pasteurized stuff in stores. Also I use goat milk (usually store bought) in place of cow milk where soy milk wouldn't work in a recipe because it's easier on my stomach. I'd like to some day have my own dairy goats so I can hopefully use real milk again instead of soy or rice milk.
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have raw goat's milk frozen for when my next batch of chicks hits the ground. Check out this article on coccidiosis at the bottom that mentions using raw milk to treat that. I have mixed powdered milk with starter to treat a particularly tough case of cocci and it does help, but raw is preferred.
  10. PokingMyPancreas

    PokingMyPancreas In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2008
    Middlesex County, NJ
    No milk!!!!

    When my oldest sister was a kid, she gave her chick milk since she believed it would make him grow up "big and strong." The poor thing had diarrhea for 3 days. He died a very horrible and painful death.

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