Feeding chicks cooked rice and cabbage?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Lu King, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. Lu King

    Lu King Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some baby chicks that are about 2 to 3 weeks old. They have their feathers and are very healthy.
    Is it okay to feed them cooked rice and/or cabbage....or other vegetables and fruits at this age?
     
  2. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many on this forum will say that its OK, and it may be. However, what is best for your birds is to feed them only starter ration until they are closer to the point of lay. Even then, keep it in moderation. If you keep the supplements to under 10% of their intake then you reduce the chances of dietary deficiencies.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Everything in moderation. A tablespoon of rice for an adult is a snack, a table spoon to a chick can be half their day's intake of food. So a few grains here and there for a treat is fine, just don't over do it.
     
  4. Lu King

    Lu King Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok...thanks a lot.

    Another question.....when will they start laying?
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Anywhere between 5 months and a year old. It depends on the breed, lines, hen, diet, and about 50 billion other factors. [​IMG]
     
  6. tim_TX

    tim_TX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That depends on the breed, specific genetics within that breed, and the conditions under which they are raised, such as number of hours of daylight [ or artificial light].
     

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