chicks eating grasshoppers, OK?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chickenfever, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DH thought it would be great fun to throw 3 giant grasshoppers into the chick brooder. [​IMG] Of course they devoured them. Was this OK? They are 3 wks old and don't get any grit, just chick starter.
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    [​IMG] My babies get introduced at less than a week - they're out with mom hen - and she catches bugs for them! Build an outside brooder/enclosure - so the babies can dig around in the dirt and such themselves.
     
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  3. chickenfever

    chickenfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will they be OK in the meantime?
     
  4. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    they should be ok, but I would get some grit (even the parakeet/canary kind from the pet section of walmart or such) and "salt" their treat type food that may need some help getting ground up. Their chick starter won't need grit, but it helps when they start adding new things to their diet.
     
  5. Melilem

    Melilem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mmm grasshoppers! the chicks should be fine, although without the grit they may not get the full nutritional value of the grasshoppers... I have never had a chicken become cropbound from bugs.
     
  6. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your chickens will be healthier in the long run if you feed grit. Whether you are feeding commercial ration only or not. Look for parakeet grit without oyster shell.
     

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