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Feeding Baby Chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bobby47, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. bobby47

    bobby47 New Egg

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    my RIR chicks are 2 weeks old can I feed them oatmeal or any other "snack" along with their chick feed?
     
  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
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    You sure can -- with a caveat: give them free-choice grit first so their crops will be prepared to grind up anything that may need it. I wouldn't think cooked oatmeal would pose much of a problem even without grit.
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2009
  3. bobby47

    bobby47 New Egg

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    Thanks for the response. This is my first try at raising chickens and I am really enjoying it. I just wanted to do a little extra for the girls. Thanks again.[​IMG]
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Just be careful feeding them much besides their balanced starter feed. If you do, you will mess up the balance of the protein and vitamins for them when they need it the most. I never feed small chicks anything extra except perhaps chopped hardboiled egg a couple times a week then later, a tiny bit of active culture plain yogurt. They dont get scratch till about three months old. As was mentioned, if you do give them food other than starter, give a bit of grit with it.
     
  5. bobby47

    bobby47 New Egg

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    Thanks for taking the time to respond. I only have 5 2 week old RIR and maybe I will just stick with their feed only schedule since they are doing so well.
    Thanks again.
     
  6. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    small crickets!!!! so much fun to watch!!!
     
  7. bobby47

    bobby47 New Egg

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    Great idea my grandkids will have a lot of fun with that:)
     
  8. ametauss

    ametauss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put out meal worms.... I love to watch them race around with worms in their beaks.... they are fast and then they sleep for hours from all the running.....
     

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