Chicks can't find treats?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GeauxChickens, Oct 11, 2013.

  1. GeauxChickens

    GeauxChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello- I just got 2 older chicks from my daughter's preschool- about 6 weeks old and mostly feathered, good size. These are my first chickens. I have tried fruit and Cheerios as treats but both times the chicks don't even peck them- don't seem to notice them as food? They eat the pellets enthusiastically, and hay. Do they have to learn about treats??
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Don't be too enthusiastic about giving chicks treats. They need the balanced nutrition in the chicken feed to develop properly. There's plenty of time when they're grown to provide scratch/treats.
    But you said pellets. Grower rations aren't usually pelleted. Are you feeding a starter/grower or layer pellets?
     
  3. GeauxChickens

    GeauxChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I probably used the wrong term. I have a bag of what they used at preschool. It looks like lighter colored GrapeNuts with salt in it. Forgive my ignorance, I didn't expect them so soon so I am reading like crazy (with 3 small kids around) to catch up!
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    That's cool. I always advise to keep it simple till one learns more. The starter/grower crumbles and clean fresh water is all they really need.
     
  5. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once they reach 16 weeks, give them layer pellets.[​IMG]
     
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  6. aliciasimon

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    My girls wouldn't eat anything but their starter feed for a long time. They told us at the feed store that they wouldn't be ready for chicken scratch until nearly ready to lay eggs. But now at 5 months they eat everything. I think chicks just know what they can and can't eat.
     
  7. cackleberrycam

    cackleberrycam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Scrach and treats should only be given to chickens as 10 percent of thier diet, to avoid egg binding.[​IMG]
     

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