How young to introduce "scraps"?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by reedyfork, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. reedyfork

    reedyfork Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's another one. Again, my chicks are only 5 weeks old. I've already offered them earthworms and mealworms as rare treats, but I was wondering at what age to start introducing them to table scraps - apples, lettuce, etc.? I seem to remember reading that giving them veggies and greens too early can lead to diarrhea...

    Thanks!

    Ron
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Giving greens and veggies to any age can cause diarrhea. I'd suggest giving them small amounts and introduce one thing at a time to see how they react. Make sure they have grit and give them a little time for their systems to adjust to new things. Think moderation, not excess.
     
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yep...plenty old enough for scraps. But anything new to the system has the potential to wreak havok, so go slowly. And think "treat," which means small quantity...with grit available.
     

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