Crickets and mealworms

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Swirls76, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. Swirls76

    Swirls76 Out Of The Brooder

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    Since I am new to the chicken world, I was wondering what the protocol is on feeding 8-9 week old chicks? The feed store said you can feed them crickets/mealworms if it's not a meal supplement. Is this correct? The chicks love them.

    Some advice?
     
  2. vachick15

    vachick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can have mealworms at this age :)
     
  3. Swirls76

    Swirls76 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can I smash up the crickets or no all together?

    Thank you!
     
  4. vachick15

    vachick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never given my chickens crickets, but I think they'd be alright. I read on BYC some people said they could have them at 10 days old (with grit, of course).
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Some folks just turn the crickets loose in a pile of chicks and they will go nuts chasing them. Of course you would not do this inside your house - some will escape.
     
  6. Swirls76

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    Our chicks go crazy when a fly whizzes by. Crickets will drive them crazy. Ha!
     

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