How to best introduce new foods...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by donnap1967, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Songster

    Mar 15, 2008
    Northern NJ
    My chicks are a little bit over two weeks old. I have tried over the past few days a few different treats. I have tried yogurt, oatmeal cooked and dry and strawberries and applesauce. They didnt like any of it.

    Today I thought a surefire hit would be mealworms so I drove a couple towns over to get them and believe it or not, the chicks are actually afraid of them. They looked horrified and ran!

    I have tried giving them the treats in the brooder, out of the brooder, in a separate dish, in their regular feed dispenser....nada. Am I doing something wrong?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    It takes a bit of time for them to learn what treats are. Just put them on the floor and tap on them like you were a momma hen and they will get less scared and more interested. Once one tries it out, the rest will follow.
  3. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    I just tried giving our three 13 day olds some yogurt and so far nothing. I agree, it probably just takes a while. [​IMG]
  4. CUDA

    CUDA Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Personally, I don't feed chicks treats period. They don't need them, and are plenty happy eating starter, and it is a better diet for them in my opinion.

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