Can I give my week old babies a tray of dirt to scratch around in?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by akanalynnn, May 10, 2008.

  1. akanalynnn

    akanalynnn In the Brooder

    If I make sure there are no critters or greens in some dirt, can I give my babies (a gold laced polish and a BR :->) a tray of dirt to scratch around in? The BR keeps doing this stretching and insane scratching around dance.... I don't think the paper towels are tickling her fancy.


    I can't believe how much 2 little babies eat and drink! Sheesh!

    These are my first babies [​IMG]
  2. McGoo

    McGoo Songster

    I say yes. I even think that you can take them outside if the temps are high enough. That's what momma would do... right?

    I bring my little ones into a little pen and I stay and watch over them. They start out all hyper and after about 1/2 hour they are really mellow [​IMG]

    Then I bring them back into their indoor pen and they sleep for a bit.
  3. MaineChickens

    MaineChickens Songster

    Mar 11, 2008
    I started bringing in a bit of sandy dirt from my driveway at a week old. They LOVED it. Today I pulled up a clump of weeds, dirt and all, and threw that in for them to check out. The carnage from that is strewn about the brooder with reckless abandon! Dead dandilions everywhere...
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    They can have some grass and dirt. It helps to build their immune system to be exposed to the earth.
  5. Yes you can. [​IMG]
  6. FrontPorchIndiana

    FrontPorchIndiana Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Is it okay if they eat the dirt? I thought they would just scratch around and peck at it. Had no idea they would devour the whole darn thing in seconds.
  7. ozark hen

    ozark hen Living My Dream

    Apr 4, 2007
    Mansfield, MO
    I took a sharp knife out and cut them some turf before they were a week old and they played in it. NO problem.
  8. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    How about play sand? Can I mix that with some dirt and let them have at it? Mine are a week old on Monday.

  9. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I've always given our chicks in the brooder clumps of sod, larger rocks, sticks, acorns, flowers and even sand to play around with. They'd be doing it outside anyway. [​IMG] Good luck.

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