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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gardenak, Apr 27, 2009.
When can I start feeding my new babies treats, and what kind should I start them out on?
I wait to until my peeps are at least 3 weeks old before introducing treats. If you start giving treats, be sure to offer grit as well. Until they're ready to go outside and peck in the grass themselves, I limit treats to boiled eggs and yogurt. The sticky thread on the top of this forum gives ideas on what is safe for chickens.
I mix crumbles with plain yogurt for my chicks first treats. The don't make a big mess slinging the yogurt and i know they are getting their "regular" food and not just filling up on yogurt. I usually start this at one week old since it doesn't require grit. Good Luck
Thanks for the info. I saw the chicken treat chart but it appeared to apply to adults and not chicks. I'll wait a bit and give it a try.
Is it ok to give them grit at 2 weeks? At TSC they told me to get it as well.. They love it, but I am worried that I gave it to them too soon.
I start giving mine grit after the first week or two. Just a pinch in with their crumbles. It is only needed if your gonna give them treats that they would need to ground up. It has to be finely ground grit about the size of sand to start with. Good Luck and enjoy ur chicks.
Can I use washed beach sand?
It will work but if you can get some crushed granite grit from the feed store it is better. They have survived for years on what ever they can pick up off the ground but sometimes we can offer better alternatives. Good Luck and enjoy your fuzzybutts.
Quote:Sand is often the best grit for chicks. I would wait 'til they're 4-6 weeks old before giving them granite.