Do my chicks need a bug?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MonsterPrincess, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. MonsterPrincess

    MonsterPrincess Hatching

    Mar 4, 2008
    I've never had baby chicks (or any chicken for that matter) until I got my order in on Tuesday of this week. I'm sure there are things I am not doing right but certainly there are other things I've just misinterpreted.

    For example, I kept reading that they LOVE oatmeal and it's good for them so I made a tablespoon of oatmeal, stirred it furiously until it was cool and put it in the brooder. They did love it - I think everyone of them came and rubbed their little butts in it. I thought they ate it but apparently is a sort of "facial" treatment.

    Last night I thought I'd try again but this time with yogurt so I put a spoonful in a container and put it in the brooder. Again, they LOVED it. They ran through it this way and then they ran through it that way. Must be a pedicure type treatment. I did leave it in with them for a while and later, there was not a drop of yogurt left. I don't know if they ate it or just smeared it on their feet.

    The other thing I've had problems with is reading the thermometer. Between the red heat lamps, the red line on the thermometer and the chicks and chick poop on top of the theremometer, I just can't see the temp. We have one of those laser instant read from a distance thermometers and my husband got it out. Well, as soon as the red dot appeared on the bedding, and I don't know how they even saw it, they all came after it. It was just like playing with the cats with a laser pointer and now I think I have a few obsessive compulsive chickens. I didn't want to wear them out so I didn't play too long but they seemed to really enjoy it. Am I going to have to get a bug or two and drop in the brooder for them?

    These babies are turning out to be so much more fun than I thought they would. And now that they are getting some little feathers started, maybe I'll be able to figure out what kind of chickens they are.

  2. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    I enjoy babies too.. However I have never given my new babies anything except for starter feed until they are much older. So I was just wondering have my babies been missing out on these treats???
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Mix the chick starter with yogurt and oatmeal. They have to learn it is food. I don't give treats before 4 weeks. They need to learn the crumbles is their main food first. The starter crumbles have everything in it to make sure they get a good healthy start. when you start giving them treats and it is mixed with the crumbles you won'thave to provide extra grit. The commercial feed already has it.

    Is the thermometer laying flat on the floor? Hang it on the side so you can see it without poop on it.

    Baby chicks are fun. They grow so fast! Enjoy yours. [​IMG]
  4. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    Y'all are BOTH so funny! I myself have not yet experienced the pleasure of newborn chicks, but I can state matter-of-factly that no matter what the age, they all like facials and pedicures! [​IMG]

    I hear they like to play cricket when they're about 4 days old.
  5. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    You shouldn't need to "bug" them. Just eavesdrop! I know I wouldn't sleep a wink if I had baby chicks.

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