meal worms and treats

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mhay1, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. mhay1

    mhay1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2016
    I have just bought the dried mealworms and am wanting to give my 3 week old chicks a treat now and then. Do I need to break the meal worms into smaller pieces or just give them the whole worm?
    Thanks so much.
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Throw a mealworm in there and see what happens.
    You may want to bust them up for a while but see how they deal with them.

    Are you providing chick grit?
  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    When they were really little I broke whole worms into thirds or so, just to make them more manageable. They'll learn very quickly to break them into bite size pieces by smashing them. Once they figure it out you can just toss in whole ones and let them handle it themselves.
  4. mhay1

    mhay1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 3, 2016
    Yes, I have been giving them chick grit. Is it better to add the grit into their crumbles or in a separate dish? When I put a small amount into a dish they eat it all up. Will they get too much grit?
  5. mpmb1227

    mpmb1227 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2015
    Stanwood, Washington
    It doesn't make a big difference either way, chickens know instinctually how much of whatever they need; they likely won't over-feed on grit, as long as there is plenty of food available too. If you are concerned, only provide a little bit of grit several times throughout the day, but this is probably not necessary. However, on a side note, if they have access to the outdoors they will pick up grit by eating small stones. If their diet is mainly chick feed, grit is not a must as most chicken feeds are formulated to break apart on their own. I free range my chicks with their mom and still do not provide any grit whatsoever, because they get the grit they need for insects and plants when they are out, and only eat commercial feed when in the coop. That's just my method though, to each their own!

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