Chick Stick treats?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by DenverChickFam, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. DenverChickFam

    DenverChickFam Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a couple of newbie questions, the first being about treat sticks. Does anyone know if the "chick sticks" have grit in them, or do you have to also give them grit with those? Are they recommended? We bought one but now I have second thoughts. It says it has beef suet in it... Should chicks eat that or have a vegetarian diet? I'm just a bit confused about what they should/shouldn't eat...
     
  2. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am not familiar with chicken junk food, but chickens are NOT vegetarians. If left loose to choose their diet, they will choose insects, worms, lizards, mice, and anything else they can catch. They will also eat grass, grains, and greens.

    And no matter what you feed them, give them access to grit. They will eat what they need, when they need it.
     
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  3. DenverChickFam

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    Thanks, @WalnutHill

    By "junk food" do you mean the treat sticks? They were an impulse buy and I'm hesitant to give it to them for just that reason. I don't want to give them something unhealthy... I know chickens are not vegetarians, but I'm pretty sure they don't eat beef in nature ;)
     
  4. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The beef suet won't hurt them at all. There are probably preservatives in it, which won't hurt them for treats but should be avoided for the same reasons people should avoid them.

    If you eat a pot roast, toss some gristle to them...watch what happens. Chickens LOVE beef. And venison. And...everything.
     
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