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Can chicks have any fruit or veggies?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Denisejmdk, Dec 29, 2015.

  1. Denisejmdk

    Denisejmdk Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2015
    I have silkies that are 4 weeks old and buffs that are 3 weeks old. Can I feed them fruits or veggies?
  2. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    Yes, in small quantities, as long as you also provide grit. Mary
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Personally, I'd feed them starter food only - it is fully balanced nutritionally speaking. Having said that, it will not do any harm if you follow the suggestion made by Mary.

  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    You certainly can. If they were being raised by a broody she would be feeding them fruits and veggies at that age if they were available. But that broody would also make sure they had grit. Mary is right, grit is important.

    CT also makes a very good point. The majority of their food should the regular chicken feed. It’s a balanced diet and they really don’t need anything else. If you feed them too much fruit or veggies it can upset that basic balance. How much is too much? A rule of thumb is if they can clean it up in 15 to 20 minutes, you ae doing fine.
  5. qteymom

    qteymom New Egg

    Dec 30, 2015
    Leeds, alabama
    I have silkies also- they love pumpkin "guts" watermelon, tomatoes, oatmeal.... you name it, they love it!!
  6. CoopedUpChicken

    CoopedUpChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2015
    I once gave one of my puppies a pigs ear - and she had the squirts all over the wall!!!

    I gave my pullets watermelon this past summer and they got pretty runny and squirty too.

    So, as with introducing new food to any creature, only introduce one new food at a time in small quantities.
    And only introduce a new food every other day - that way you can gauge how well they respond to it.

    Learned my Lesson Twice!!!

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