Do You Feed Your Baby Chicks Eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Barry Natchitoches, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    I was just wondering: do you feed your baby chicks either scrambled or smashed up boiled eggs?

    If you do, do you feed them chick sized grit with that?

    How young can they eat cooked eggs?
  2. Rooster61

    Rooster61 Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    I started feeding my babies hard boiled eggs at about 5 days old and mix it with their starter fed in a food processor, and they o crazy over it!!
    I only do this about every other day so they still get enough of the starter food because it has grit in it.
  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    I have been feeding mine scrambled eggs. I break them up into small pieces in the pan and after they cool add a couple drops of poly-vi-sol. Seems like they were about 4 days old, first time I did it. They didn't have any grit at the time. At about a week old, I did give them a tiny sandbox with some fine play sand. They love it. I try to keep it down to once or twice a week....cuz I figure their chick mash should have all the nutrients they need??
  4. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Songster

    May 28, 2010
    West Jefferson
    Quote:Absolutely, since the day we got them they have had egg yolks every day and now scrambled eggs every day, they look so forward to the time when they see the "plate" they go nuts and I always mix a little sand and crumbles in with it. We have 16 so in the mornining we split 2 plates with 1 egg each along with some oatmeal and crumbles and all have done wonderful, I recommend highly!
  5. ChickenCrazy4ever

    ChickenCrazy4ever Songster

    Jan 26, 2011
    My house :D
    I give them egg shells and sand for grit, and for food they get compost and starter/grower feed and any food that fell on the floor.
  6. WhySayWhat

    WhySayWhat Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    I give mine 1/2 or less of a hard boiled yolk every now and then. I give them their "other" favorite treat almost every day though! The other favorite is a little Chick Starter (I do about 1 Tablespoon) mixed with some Hot Water (from the tap, but agaon, about 1 Tablespoon). They go equally crazy for both treats, but I give mine Chick Grit when they're going to have the yolk, just be on the safe side. They also have a sand box full of play sand that they thought was another treat, but after a few "cement poos", they've given up that habit. [​IMG]


    ChickenCrazy - I would be careful about the egg shells...I've read on the site that giving a chick too much Calcium before they're laying eggs of their own can really screw up the development! Also, it isn't really a grit...they can "digest" it.
  7. Mak

    Mak Songster

    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    Mine get mashed hard boiled egg starting at about a week old. Two or three times a week. They love it. I usually try to hand feed it, since it helps tame them down and make them more friendly. My understanding is they don't need grit with the egg yolk, but once they start getting other treats (for mine, usually around 3 weeks old), they do need some. I put the sandbox in the brooder this week. They love to play in it. They eat some, but not a lot as yet. They will be 3 weeks old on Monday.
  8. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    haha!! cement poo!
  9. NickyPick

    NickyPick Songster

    Sep 18, 2010
    Cypress, TX
    I do. 2 boiled eggs mashed up with some oatmeal or leftover chopped spaghetti noodles every afternoon. I'm not worrying about them not getting enough chick feed - they're now going through almost 12 cups a day!!! In comparison, their daily treat is miniscule. Once a week, we'll do crickets or meal worms.
  10. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Songster

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I've given mine mashed up boiled egg as soon as I took them out of the incubator a couple of times, when I had been badly organised and didn't have a sack of chick crumbs ready for them...

    ETA: Just mashed up yolk, not the white. And no, I didn't add grit to it.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2011

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