Hi! I'm new to owning chickens.

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  1. Scrabbleof4

    Scrabbleof4 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone! I have (4) 8wk old chickens. They've been living in our garage until this week when I moved them to a small chicken run in the backyard with a heat lamp for the coolest of the morning and night hours.
    I was thinking of cooking some grits for them tomorrow morning, but not sure of how much to make.
     
  2. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

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    Chickens certainly love their treats. If you do decide to feed them some grits, I would not give them much. Think of it as feeding candy to a toddler/child at this point and don't give them more than they can eat in about ten minutes.
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to our community :frow

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  5. Scrabbleof4

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    I made about a cup of grits. A couple of them sampled it, the other 2 walked through it lol
     
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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never given my chickens grits, but I can tell you that dried mealworms are their favorite treat. Around here it is known as "chicken crack" because they all come running when I shake the container. It's also great to hand-feed to them when you are working on taming them.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Here's a link to a chart of good chicken treats:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens

    I'd keep the grits down to a minimum because there isn't a lot of nutritional value in them. No matter what treats you give your chickens, you'll want to keep it to 10% or less of their daily food intake so they'll fill up on their feed which provides them the nutrition they need for growing (and later on, laying).
     
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  9. Scrabbleof4

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    Thanks, we bought some mealworm tonight to give them tomorrow morning.
     
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    These are my 4 ladies. They love their freetime. This pic is from a week ago.
     

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