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Is watermelon good or bad for older chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cutiechook1, May 26, 2016.

  1. cutiechook1

    cutiechook1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The title says it. I think I heard one time that you shouldn't feed watermelon to your chicks, but I wanted to make sure of that because this weekend I am going to eat some watermelon and (maybe) feed the leftovers to the chicks. And if it is not good for them what could happen?
     
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I always feed watermelon to my chicks. Not everyday, but once in awhile.
    Nothing happens too them. Might get a looser poop?
    I also give them purple cabbage and scratch grains. Just provide them with grit.
     
  3. cutiechook1

    cutiechook1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info!! Now I won't feel nervous when I give it to them.
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They will love it. It's a good way for them to keep a bit more hydrated in hot weather. Mine love any type of melon, cucumbers and veggies.
    As @chickens really stated just make sure they have a source of grit.
     
  5. cutiechook1

    cutiechook1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, thanks!!!!
     
  6. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just be careful, they like to spit the seeds everywhere!
     
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Watermelon is fine but it's called 'water'melon for a reason as it's 92% water and 6% sugar so not much 'nutrition' to it ;)
     
  8. cutiechook1

    cutiechook1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, so I just need to make sure that they have protein, right?
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Yes on the protein.
    I suppose I should have clarified my input. Watermelon is a great treat not a meal. [​IMG] As @MeepBeep stated, not much nutritional value in watermelon. So IMO any treats should not exceed 10% of daily intake, so make sure the chick starter is available to them free choice.
     
  10. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. You need to make sure they have a balanced diet. Whether that means access to a balanced feed or access to some combination of feed, grains, and free ranging area is up to you, but chickens need more than just protein.
     
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