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Chick feeding ?'s

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Eggie and Me, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. Eggie and Me

    Eggie and Me Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Southern California
    We have 4 RIR and 3 BR, our first ever chicks. [​IMG] I fell in love instantly!![​IMG] Anywho, on to the ? At what age is it best to start introducing foods other than their feed? AND when can they start eating grit and other foods.. ANY SUGGESTIONS ON READING MATERIALS ALONG THIS LINE WOULD BE GREAT TOO.... Ours are 8 days old.... I gave them oatmeal on my fingers after dipping them in water and they went absolutely crazy...[​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks All [​IMG]

  2. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    You are going to get mixed answers. I started feeding little bit of stuff after a week. I also offer a free choice of a blend of parakeet grit, granite grit, and sandy soil.

    Whenever you do decide to give yummies, be sure to offer grit.
  3. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    when mine are about a week old i start mixing some yogurt with some of their crumbles. after they realize that it's not gonna eat them they go crazy over it. Also you can add a little grit to the mix to get them started. Have fun.
  4. edselpdx

    edselpdx Songster

    Nov 10, 2008
    Portland, OR
    I started adding a bit of plain unsweetened yogurt and other treats to the brooder at about 1 week old. Mine are 3 weeks old and I was wondering about cottage cheese? I know they like plain yogurt, but is the cottage cheese too much salt for the little buggers? Mine have free choice grit and have enjoyed a couple of slugs and earthworms (yes, I KNOW the controversy--see other threads for that) as well as some crickets. Not interested in chopped up green yet. Feeding medicated starter as the primary source of all... other stuff is just for treats.
  5. jesd

    jesd In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2009
    we offered grit for a few days when they were two weeks old (mixed with cornmeal and chick crumbles), then tried little meal worms and some greens and they were loving it. seems like everyone has a different opinion on when and what, but ours are doing very well.

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