Can I feed my new peeps dried mealworms?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by katssmilin, May 21, 2012.

  1. katssmilin

    katssmilin Chirping

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    I have 3 RIR that I feed dried mealworms to and they go nuts over them. I have 1 week old peeps and from what I have been reading here on the forum is that you can give peeps treats. So far they have only been getting medicated chick start crumbles. They are very skittish and I have been sitting and talking to them trying to get them to come to me. I put the feed in my hand but so far only one has come close enough to peck at my fingernail. I thought maybe if I could give them some dried mealworms they might come to me instead of running and getting all nervous. Any suggestions? Thanks
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

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    I've never fed mealworms to my birds before, but I have heard that chickens love them. I have found that young chicks LOVE hard boiled eggs. They love it so much, you could lose finger tips over it! [​IMG]

    You can feed your new birds dried mealworms, just be sure not to over do it. I personally, would also put a little dish of sand in their brooder as they may need it to help digest the treats.
     
  3. Emmasmom

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    I personally waited until they were two weeks old to give treats - but I think there are a lot of mixed views on that. I gave mine dried mealworms but they didn't react as excited as I hoped - I can't help wondering if they'd like the live ones more. Maybe I just have weird chicks. [​IMG] The neighbor's adult chickens sure liked them! Definitely need chick grit with them. Happy treating!
     
  4. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Crowing

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    A lot of times chicks don't like treats. Once they get older they will enjoy them more. I think little chicks just don't quite understand what they are yet.
     
  5. new2chicks17

    new2chicks17 In the Brooder

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    Should I chop up the dried mealy worms for the 1week old chicks. I pit in a little patch of grass with roots still attached, and they loved that.
    Thanks ahead for responses.:jumpy
     
  6. bhaugh

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    I have week old chicks and they got their first dried mealworms tonight. I squish them up in my hand and sprinkle them around then use my finger to move the food around a bit. The movement of the food made them come to investigate and they happily ate it up. Ive found feeding mealworms makes the chicks feather faster because of the high protein. I also add chick grit for digestion.

    I have 4 and 5 week old chicks that when I shake the bag come running. Treats are good for things like that.
     
  7. smcgill

    smcgill Chirping

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    When we had ducks they would kill for pees!!
    Has anyone found simular things for chickens?
    Sean
     
  8. Cluck Wild Farm

    Cluck Wild Farm Chirping

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    I wait until around two weeks to give my chickies treats, too. I really have no sound reasoning behind why, I just feel their digestive systems are better equipped to process tasty treats at that time. At two weeks, the batch of chicks I got in January were a little skittish of me as well. I brought in a small bowl of plain yogurt, as well as dried meal worms. It took them a while to get brave enough to try them (so be patient!) but once they did, I could barely fend the babies off, haha. I didn't have to chop my meal worms up or anything, the chickies took them from me, and I think they enjoyed breaking them apart themselves. They make a MESS with the yogurt, but its so fun to watch them go bonkers! [​IMG]
     
  9. Cluck Wild Farm

    Cluck Wild Farm Chirping

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    My duckies love peas, too! I've found that my full grown hens go CRAZY for watermelon. I slice one in quarters, lay it on the ground, and within an hour its picked clean.
     
  10. rc4u

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    I feed mine treats and meal worms about 1 tablespoon at a time for 30 chicks...twice a day or sometimes 3....also put yogart on a piece of cardboard and lean it up against something so they don't walk on it...the meal worms they will come and eat it out of my hands....and I don't crush them as when they peck it , it breaks up and another chick will get the drops,, jeff
     

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