Hard boiled eggs, how do you give it them?

Chickylet

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Been reading about all the treats some birds get, my girls are about 1-1/2 weeks old, doing well. I put some chick grit in their brooder yesterday. Would love to try a treat or two. Heard hard boiled eggs are good and the chicks supposedly love them and the eggs are full of protein. How do I do it though? Just stick an egg in there? cut in half and put half of it in there, or do I mash it up or crumble it up?

Sorry for being naiveté but I've never done this chicken thing before!

Elissa
 

Acre4Me

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Boiled or scrambled. Mash it to smaller bits. They do love eggs- at least my quail do, my chicks are only a week old, so I have not given them any eggs yet. Have fun.

Also, they love mealworms. Mine have had a few and love to pick them up and run around, and be chased by the other chicks- now that is entertainment!
 

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You can do what ever you like?..They only peck off what fits into their mouth/Beak. I give Cucumber spears, broccoli flowers..Apple slices..Small amounts and not daily..

My chicks had zero interest in broccoli- I was surprised! I thought they might peck at it, but they didn’t even look at it. Maybe when they are a bit older they might be more interested.
 

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My chicks had zero interest in broccoli- I was surprised! I thought they might peck at it, but they didn’t even look at it. Maybe when they are a bit older they might be more interested.
Takes time...It's the green that has them unsure. Also thawed peas..I just leave it in the Brooder. Once someone tries it the others follow...
 

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Takes time...It's the green that has them unsure. Also thawed peas..I just leave it in the Brooder. Once someone tries it the others follow...


That’s true- maybe the color. I put a chunk of dirt with grass and put it in a shallow pan in their brooder yesterday. It took them quite awhile to investigate it. By the evening, they were investigating and were particularly interested in the added mealworms!!
 

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That’s true- maybe the color. I put a chunk of dirt with grass and put it in a shallow pan in their brooder yesterday. It took them quite awhile to investigate it. By the evening, they were investigating and were particularly interested in the added mealworms!!
Everything is new to them. I also put in a piece of firewood. Large Rock and use sand for Chicks not being raised by Momma Hen..
 

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Everything is new to them. I also put in a piece of firewood. Large Rock and use sand for Chicks not being raised by Momma Hen..

Currently in our old jacuzzi tub lined with heavy plastic then paper then shavings. In another day or a few, a garage brooder will be finished as my intent was to only have them inside for about 2 weeks. But, it’s been fun having them nearby to watch easily.
 

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Currently in our old jacuzzi tub lined with heavy plastic then paper then shavings. In another day or a few, a garage brooder will be finished as my intent was to only have them inside for about 2 weeks. But, it’s been fun having them nearby to watch easily.
So cute..I only use a Heat lamp..They look happy..:frow
Your doing great...:woot
 

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So cute..I only use a Heat lamp..They look happy..:frow
Your doing great...:woot

Heat lamp for first few days so can see them easier. Brooder plate after that. Since this pic, I’ve covered the top of the plate with press n seal (after I cleaned it off), since they are spending more time on top. It also provides a nice area to place treats, etc.

Now that OP mentioned eggs, this might be a treat to try tomorrow. Today my child will have a friend over.... I’m pretty sure two 11yos will be providing mealworms to the chicks in order to watch the ensuing chase and steal. Eggs don’t provide as much entertainment!!
 

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