Can my 3 week old babies eat earth/meal worms?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Half a dozen, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Half a dozen

    Half a dozen In the Brooder

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    I've read the 'what chickens can eat' thread and I saw worms on the list, but can baby chicks eat them? My daughter threw an earth worm in a and all 3 chicks were fighting over it. She said she read worms are ok but I just wanted to make sure it's ok for 3 week olds? Thanks
     

  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Yes, earthworms are ok. You might want to give them some grit now. That can be accomplished with a clump of sod (not pesticide or herbicide treated!) from your yard. They'll have a blast picking through it and dust bathing in it. Most soil contains little pebbles that they can use for grit.
     
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  3. Half a dozen

    Half a dozen In the Brooder

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    Thank you. I bought bird grit and offer it in a tub in there coop. But they do pick through the bare earth in the grass at play time as well.
     
  4. yyz0yyz0

    yyz0yyz0 Songster

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    My broody had her chicks digging through the garden at 4days old. She was feeding them garden worms and wire worms(like a meal worm) and they couldn't get enough of them.
    Of course they had access to the dirt of the garden as well so they had a source of grit.
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Baby chicks love worms of any sort. Just give them a little scosh of grit to help them digest it. [​IMG]

    Blessings -

    ~ Aspen
     
  6. Half a dozen

    Half a dozen In the Brooder

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    Great thank you[​IMG]
     

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