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HELP! Newbie fed some raw oatmeal to chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by livin-green, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. livin-green

    livin-green Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Clay, Alabama
    Okay--I thought I read up pretty well on stuff....I mixed some raw oatmeal (pretty fine oats) and some regular bird seed in with the poultry feed that we bought at the co-op. The chicks have been loving it, but I just read something about not feeding raw oatmeal to chickens that don't have access to grit.

    What do you use for grit and do you supply it to chicks? I do have a bag of playground-type sand available.

    Should I be really concerned about this? What do you suggest if this is a big problem?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Give them a clod of rocky dirt from their future run and they should be fine. Else you can pick up chick grit at the feed store.
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    If you don't have a chance to get to the feed store... I gave mine a mixture of coarse sand and tiny pebbles i scooped out of our creekbed. "homemade grit".
  4. mandomama

    mandomama Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    corvallis oregon
    I bought some grit for birds at the pet store because I wanted to start feeding more treats. They seem to be happily eating it which was a surprise!
  5. Dilly

    Dilly Cooped Up

    Apr 15, 2008
    Since we have a sort of decomposed granite rocky soil, will I still need to supply grit or whatever it is they use to munch things up?

  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Nope. I have never bought a bag of rocks specifically for the birds, but that's because there are tons of rocks in our soil here and like half a dozen tons of rocks lining the drive way and turn around in front of the house and garage areas. If you have rocks and pebbles in the soil, no need to buy rocks.
  7. livin-green

    livin-green Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Clay, Alabama
    Thanks for all the tips! I'm assuming the chicks just know what to do.....my chicks (ordered from Ideal Poultry) should only be 5 days old--maybe 6, not sure how fast they ship at Ideal.

    As long as I provide the grit, then I guess it is safe to continue with the feed mix I have been giving them....??

    Thanks, again!

  8. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Quote:I wouldn't keep feeding the mix to them. They really just need the chick starter. It has all of the vitamins and nutrients that the chicks need to grow and be healthy. Mine are 5 weeks old and haven't had any extras yet. Lay off the oatmeal and birdseed for now and just feed the starter!
  9. livin-green

    livin-green Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Clay, Alabama
    You're probably right. Do you feed any extra stuff to them--on an occasional basis? Like a grape, apple, or even some bugs?

    I have been searching for a list of toxic plants and insects. I read that greens are not recommended, but nothing I've found has really said not to feed them anything particular--except for the oatmeal. I can't find a list of toxic insects anywhere. Guess there aren't any...?? We have tons of roly-polys, so that would be something I need to make sure is okay.
  10. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    Mine are 3 weeks and have been getting some lettuce, zuchinni, grapes cut in half, mealworms and earthworms that the kids dig up (and they dig up in the garden) a small piece of broccoli here or there. They are feathering out well and are pooping normally. As long as it is done in moderation, I give them just a few nibbles each day, they love it [​IMG]

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