Cayenne - how often, how much?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by comp6512, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. comp6512

    comp6512 Songster

    Dec 3, 2008
    I am guilty. I fed my 1.5 wk old chicks an earthworm from the garden. OK, make it three worms..[​IMG]

    Now I am paranoid that they will get worms.

    I read here on BYC that some people feed cayenne as a preventative to the hens. But to 1.5wk olds? OK? Safe? How often, how much?

    BTW, it is priceless to watch them making a riot around the whole brooder running around and making little chicken football with that worm.[​IMG]
  2. Amyable

    Amyable Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Greenleaf, WI
    I wasn't aware plain 'ol earthworms were a no-no. I assume you mean parasitic worms? Which are different from garden variety worms.
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    The only negative I've heard about feeding earthworms (or other bugs) at a really young age is that their system might not be ready for it (because the bugs may carry "bugs" of their own...the kind that causes illness), and might not be able to fight it. But I think a lot of people (me included) have snuck in a treat or two to their babies. Just be sure to sprinkle a little fine grit over their feed. And make the treats the exception, not the rule.
    I don't know about the pepper thing....hadn't heard that one. I've heard that pepper can keep animals out of the feed but doesn't affect birds????
  4. ChickenCat

    ChickenCat Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    craig county, VA
    Plain old ordinary earthworms MAY cause gapeworm in chickens. Not very common but it does happen. i add a thin layer of pepper over the feed every time I fill it. I gave it to the chicks when 2 weeks old, just makes me feel better whether it relly helps or not.

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