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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ksparky513, Sep 17, 2015.
2wk. Old astralorps, can I give them rice or lettuce leaves along w/ "start&grow"??
You can try, though my chicks aren't ever interested in it till maybe 10 weeks. They always run away from it and don't end up eating it.
I've always found our chicks aren't interested in 'real' treats until they're a bit bigger. For really young chicks the 'treats' we give them are dirt and grass from the yard.
Absolutely. Toss a clump of sod right into the brooder. Just be sure your lawn hasn't been treated with any herbicides or insecticides.
I think my girls were around 6-7 weeks before they were interested in treats. That was fine with me, I liked to know they were well started on their feed first.
@ksparky513 this is a really good link to a treat list you might want to refer to when your chicks are ready:
If you scroll down toward the bottom, there's a list of things you shouldn't give them too, equally good to know.
Mine are 9 weeks old and love a few things, but dislike celery. And tomatoes.
I think chickens (probably all animals) have likes and dislikes just like people. One of our goats is very picky and won't eat some of the same things her sibling loves. The chickens are the same way, for example, most of them love sunflowers but one doesn't touch them.
The list I referenced is a guideline of what is safe to offer them, it's no guarantee they'll like all the things on it.
Can my 8-9 week old chicks have sunflower seeds?