First mealworms and crickets at 2 weeks pictures

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by greysandy, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. greysandy

    greysandy In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    I needed a little bit of excitement and I wanted to get the chickens used to foraging for bugs. In addition to bringing them a daily supply of crab grass seed, which is plentiful in my yard and was their favorite snack before today, I decided to go to Petco and buy some crickets and mealworms to see what they did. It started out slowly, then it was a total chick frenzy as they hunted the crickets or competed for space on top of the pile of mealworms. It was interesting to see my little Fayoumis, which is supposed to be a good forager, out do everyone in the bug eating contest. They're 2 1/2 weeks old.


    See the fayoumis with the mahogany brown head eating them at a rate of about 1 every 2 seconds:

    Still figuring out to do about those moving crickets:

    First cricket, black chick on far left has it:

    Getting excited after small EE on right just swallowed cricket:

    That was the best $4.45 I ever spent!
  2. appleton78

    appleton78 In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2008
    Hutchinson, MN
    [​IMG] OMGosh....Too Funny...I am making a pet store run today as I just found out on here today that it was OK for my 4 weekers to have them.

    Great pics and descriptions.....Thanks....

  3. That's cute...
    We don't have babie chicks, but I bought some worms for our adult chickens just to see them run around like mad. [​IMG] [​IMG] ..It's a nice little start for them seeings how our winter is almost over....I HOPE!!! I thought it was suppose to be spring...
  4. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    How cute! We did the same when our chicks were about 2 weeks; they went crazy! Now they find their own out in the yard, they LOVE to forage; but I'm afraid they aren't too adept at it just yet. They still have starter in the yard, but seem to prefer to scratch, and then eat like they are starving for starter crumbles when I put them back in their brooder at night. Silly birds.
    Thanks for the pics![​IMG]
  5. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Cute! I like the cricket that is trying to escape by the waterer lol!
  6. halfwaynowhere

    halfwaynowhere Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    La Puente, CA
    I'm going to get some crickets and mealworms tonight and try this out with my chick! I need them anyways for my tarantulas. I've been lazy, and the spiders haven't eaten in almost 3 weeks, oops. I haven't been able to get mealworms because I don't need that many for the spiders, but now that I have chickies to share them with, I'm gonna do it!
  7. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    Really cute and entertaining. I can hardly stand to wait to have baby chicks to watch and love! Thanks for sharing. [​IMG]
  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing

    Mar 25, 2008
    So cute! I'm going to have to try that! Thanks for sharing your pictures:D
  9. leokat75

    leokat75 In the Brooder

    Mar 24, 2008
    Question, first photo, top right corner. What breed is the yellow chick? I have one that looks exactly like it that was a freebie and I am not 100% sure what it is. I assume Brahma or Cochin, but it isn't "built" like my other cochin chick. Mine is really cute, but I am worried it is a rooster.
  10. greysandy

    greysandy In the Brooder

    Feb 20, 2008
    Anaheim, CA

    I have always assumed she was a buff cochin and when I posted pics on the "What breed is this?" section, everyone agreed. The light brahma chick pictures look much different on the McMurray website, they are grey and pale yellow.

    I was reading someone elses post the other day and I guess the red cochins look just like the buff cochins as chicks, so it could possibly be that, but McMurray doesn't have any red cochins listed, so my best guess is the buff cochin.

    My free chick is the buff laced polish with the peach dye on his chin. He'll be going to my neighbor who wants a rooster [​IMG]

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