Chicken Treats

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Karic, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Karic

    Karic New Egg

    Mar 4, 2016
    Hello! I'm very new at this. We've had our first group chicks for 10 days, and they are 12 days old now. When is it okay to start feeding them treats? Our feed store suggested the food to start them with, but as I've read along, I've found that most people feed their chickens freeze dried meal worms as a treat. I'm hoping to be able to use this as a way to coax them back into their pen once they are old enough to be out there.
  2. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Sure, go ahead and offer treats. Go easy, don't over-do.

    Anything that you might deem needing "chewing", they'll need grit to digest. You can dig up some soil to serve as grit from your garden, and if it has some grass in it, that's another treat!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Ditto the 'go easy'.

    Get some chick grit.
    Chunk of sod with soil from yard can be a good immunity booster, and loads of fun to boot,
    but may not have the grit needed.
  4. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    I started giving my chicks treats when they were about one week old. Gave them chick grit first. I chopped whatever I gave them fairly fine for a while to make sure it had no problems moving out of the crop. Only gave them a small amount daily--I think it was maybe 1/2 cup for 21 chicks to start. Tended to offer things that would either benefit their health (such as prebiotics), were boredom busters/provided stimulation, or served a training purpose.
  5. JACspivey

    JACspivey Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2016
    South Georgia
    I was thinking the same thing. Mine are about two weeks old. What about live crickets? Too soon for that? I'm taking them outside today to get some fresh air and get them out of the brooder for a bit. I wanted to have something special for them. Maybe some bird seed to scratch around with?
  6. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  7. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO

    I fed mine 1/4" crickets at that age. They were a hit!
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