gave chicks tiny worms

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grammym, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. grammym

    grammym Out Of The Brooder

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    just gave my ten babies two tiny earthworms and what fun to watch. at first they didn't know what to do with the squirmy thing, but then one picked it up and off to the races we went. they ran all around the brooder and chased the one with the worm, the worm got dropped, picked up by another then the race went. i'm sure glad i wasn't the worm. how much free fun i had watching them.
     
  2. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    That may be entertaining, but if your chicks end up with cecal or capillary worms from eating earthworms, you'll wish you hadn't fed them to your chicks.
     
  3. Avian breeder

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    Try meal worms. Those are safer than earth worms.
     
  4. missnu01

    missnu01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave mine earthworms, it didn't seem to cause any issue...
    It was terribly hilarious. Looks like chick football. This one has it, no now this other one and he's running in circles with it...then another jumps up and grabs it out of the first ones mouth...so on and so forth.

    If the chicks were being brooded by their mother they would be outside eating earthworms everyday...so I'm not too terribly worried about it myself.
     
  5. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    Good alternative. Even so, in moderation. A starter/grower ration contains adequate protein, and too much protein can cause crop impaction in young chicks.
     
  6. grammym

    grammym Out Of The Brooder

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    OH NO! I thought that it would be ok since if they were outside they would be eating things like this. Guess I won't do that again, since I've been lucky so far with these chicks and haven't lost any.
     
  7. Michael Apple

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    grammym Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for this information. I had read things such as this, but guess I forgot it all when I saw those tiny earthworms and thought they would be a good size for the chicks. I'm going to just stick to their chick feed now.
     
  9. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    You're welcome.
     
  10. HomesteadDebi

    HomesteadDebi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad to read this. We have a worm bed and I had thought that we could feed the worms to the chicks when they got older. Now I know that's a no-no. Thanks for posting this. [​IMG]
     

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