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entertainment for the chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TLWR, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    They've been with me just over a week so I'm guessing they will be 2 weeks old tomorrow or so.
    Still cold at night and cooler during the day and I'll be away until dark most days this week (ok, we'll just say all days and if I'm home soon enough to see the ducks in daylight we'll call it a good day).
    So the chicks are still inside in their brooder.
    Put a branch in today when we set up the new bigger brooder.
    What else can I put in there to keep them entertained. They are on sand, have a branch and food/water up on a brick.

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Maybe some dried meal worms!
  3. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Salem Oregon
    I wouldn't feed them anything but chick food and maybe a spoon of yogurt or buttermilk every few days but if they do eat anything else you will need to give them grit

    They really seem to like jumping up on things then down again so I add sticks and a few bricks and a perch that is just high enough for them to run under it. Last year we only has six chicks and my kids put some dollhouse furniture in and I admit it was pretty entertaining. but this year we have eight chicks and might get crowed so we'll see. Young chicks seem to do a pretty good job of entertaining each other by chasing and jumping.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2013
  4. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
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  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    Not true, chicks don't need grit to help them digest their egg yolk (or even yolk from a hard boiled egg for that matter) or their crumbles. The yolk sac isn't even eaten by them, its absorbed. The crumbles were ground to almost powder and wetted to form the crumble shape. If you get them wet, you'll notice they turn to mush, the same thing happens inside the chicks when they ingest them. They don't need to be "chewed" so the grit is unnecessary.
    OP- scrambled or boiled and smashed eggs are a great treat for babies. As is yogurt. Neither require grit. If you're feeding insect or fruits/veggies (which I don't feed until older) provide grit :)
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  6. mwdudley

    mwdudley In the Brooder

    Jan 28, 2013
    Saint Joseph Missouri
    Hi newbie here I been feed my new chicks the grit , I've been sprinkling it on there food crumble , should I stop or will not hurt them ?
  7. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
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