Feeding older chicks

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by gabz44, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. gabz44

    gabz44 Out Of The Brooder

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    At what age do I start feeding my flock things other than the crumbles? My chicks are 8 weeks (silkies, Easter Egger, buff Orphington)
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You can start giving treats at just a few days old, as long you provide grit. Just make sure that treats are no more than 10% of their total diet. Their primary source of nutrition still needs to be their feed.
     
  3. TheTwoRoos

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    Really,I would not give chicks treats at a few days,i'd wait and let the probiotics,and chick crumbles do its thing for about a month,then start introducing other things.
     
  4. gabz44

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    Can you give me some ideas if things I can start introducing to them? Thanks :)
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Chopped salad greens, grass clippings, live mealworms, bits of fruit, seeds and grains, just about anything you might let an older bird have. When chicks are raised by hens, they eat whatever she shows them to eat from the very first day. Since you've waited so long, they may be fearful of the new food items and not go near it for a day or two.
     
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  7. TheTwoRoos

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    X2 on junebuggena
     

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