1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Can I feed 6 week old chicks....

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JudyH, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. JudyH

    JudyH Out Of The Brooder

    60
    0
    29
    Feb 21, 2009
    Gulf Coast of Alabama
    kitchen scraps? My chicks are in their coop now (YEAH!!!) and I have been feeding them some treats from the garden like lettuce leaves and they love it.

    But, I have a question -- what about some kitchen scraps? I have a couple of biscuits left over from breakfast yesterday that are kinda hard and we're not going to eat them. Instead of throwing them away, I was thinking maybe I could give them to the chickens.

    I also have a little sand box in the coop for them to feather dust in. I did see one of the chicks pecking at the sand so I'm thinking that they are using it for grit.
     
  2. JudyH

    JudyH Out Of The Brooder

    60
    0
    29
    Feb 21, 2009
    Gulf Coast of Alabama
    Oh, also wanted to add -- they are still on the chick starter (medicated).
     
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Yeah, they probably are using the sand for grit. If you feed anything other than commercial feed, grit is needed so they can process the food.

    Watch for too much sodium or sugar. Remember that everything you feed them contributes to their nutrition. They do need a certain percentage of protein, vitamins, amino acids in their diets to lay e*g*g*s.
     
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2009
  4. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    A little bread wont' hurt them at all; my chicks LOVE it! Depending on how many chicks you have, you might want to do one biscuit in the morning and another tomorrow (they won't mind if it's super stale) just so they don't gorge too much on biscuit and not eat their other food.
     
  5. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    I don't think a little busicut will hurt them at all. They will probably love it. Mine get stale bread , left over noodles, rice, ect. They will start looking for you to bring them treats. If mine hear me they start up with the come feed us something good. Remember in the old days people fed their chickens what ever they had. Mine get layer rations 24/7 but they love their treats. I remember one of my momma hens showing her brood the mulberries. It was so fun to watch. Most of all enjoy your chickens. [​IMG]
     
  6. JudyH

    JudyH Out Of The Brooder

    60
    0
    29
    Feb 21, 2009
    Gulf Coast of Alabama
    Thanks for the experience that you share! This is definitely the best place online for lots of helpful chicken information!

    I am going to give them one biscuit this afternoon after I give them their fresh feed and water (I'll give them time to eat it first before their biscuit treat) and then another tomorrow morning....

    I have been feeding/watering twice a day -- once in the morning and once in the early evening (about an hour before dark).
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by