Feeding chicks eggs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by monaname, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. monaname

    monaname Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had two suggestions now to give my chicks some egg for extra protein...one suggested hard boiled egg, the other scrambled. It seems odd to me to be giving my chicks eggs. Won't this encourage them to have a taste for eggs? That would be tragic since I'm looking forward to eating their eggs myself...
     
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  2. chicknerd

    chicknerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I felt the way you did at first, but actually it makes sense. It is what they have been eating before they hatched. I scramble but any way is fine provided your break it up into tiny bits. Its a great first food. And good way to teach them to eat out of your hand.

    And since they do not know it comes from that thing they lay, mine dont know. I dont give them egg after they are older so mine have forgotten.
     
  3. monaname

    monaname Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's comforting! Thank you very much.
     
  4. Susan Mc

    Susan Mc Out Of The Brooder

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    There's no problem feeding eggs to any age chicken, as long as it doesn't resemble an egg. So if you hard-boil it, then mash it or cut it up.
    I hard-boil mine mainly because it makes less mess. [​IMG]
    And it's a fantastic food for chicks, especially if you run out of chick crumb! [​IMG]
     
  5. farmerwomanwannabe

    farmerwomanwannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been giving mine the egg yolk of a hardboiled egg as a daily treat and they love it! I havent really bothered with the white, since the yolk is just really easy to crumble up, and the dogs have gotten used to getting the white part!
     
  6. monaname

    monaname Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think that I'll give it a try.
     
  7. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I once read a post on here by a long time chicken keeper, I don't remember who, that said he routinely throws any very poopy or otherwise bad egg on the ground for the chickens to eat, and has never had a problem with egg eaters. Neither have I, though now and then an egg has gotten broken in a nest and they immediately eat it.

    I scramble the ones I give them, anyway. Another method is to hard boil them, then break up the cooked eggs, shell and all, in a blender or food processor. I would only do this with laying hens, though, not chicks.
     
  8. monaname

    monaname Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I like the idea of the yoke of a hard boiled egg. Seems cleaner to deal with.
     
  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I hard boil the eggs and will boil an extra one for myself. [​IMG]. Pretty soon I'll be able to feed them their own eggs. I'm assuming it will cut back on feed costs if done regularly. My chicks love eggs, but not everyday. They get HB eggs 2-3 times a week. They won't eat them cold either. Only warm fresh boiled.lol
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Ditto
     

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