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Giving Insects to baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by GreenSpirit Hydro, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. GreenSpirit Hydro

    GreenSpirit Hydro In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2008
    I have 12 healthy 2 week old baby chicks and was curious if I can give them crickets to start snacking on? Can they eat them ,will they eat them, or am I just a sick SOB? Will they not eat critters when they are eventually put in the back yard coop?

  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Two weeks old? Go for it. They'll have a blast chasing them if nothing else.
    You might want to offer them a little grit when you give them the crickets. Plain parakeet grit works fine for this.
  3. TXmom

    TXmom Songster

    My chickies are 4 weeks old and we've bought the small crickets from Petsmart 3 times. In fact, we gave them some last night...they LOVE them! Those crickets last maybe 10 seconds in the brooder [​IMG] When a chick grabs a cricket, she starts running in circles making sure no one can steal her treat [​IMG]

    I also give mine parakeet grit, but I saw "chick" grit at TSC the other day so I might buy that when I run out of parakeet grit. Oh, and they think the grit is a treat too!
  4. TheRidingLibrarian

    TheRidingLibrarian In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2009
    Fellsmere, FL
    I bought some of the small crickets from TSC today without thinking...are mine still too young for them? They were delivered from MM on Monday, so still not a week old yet. I do have the baby grit to sprinkle over their feed if needed.

  5. debakadeb

    debakadeb Songster

    Apr 8, 2008
    SW Indiana
    Something to think about when giving your baby treats -- they really need the starter food that has the right mix of nutrients more than anything else. Chicks have not yet been taught to overeat so if they fill up with the treats, they may not be getting everything they truly need. I would wait until they are 4-6 weeks old before giving treats.
  6. TheRidingLibrarian

    TheRidingLibrarian In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2009
    Fellsmere, FL

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