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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by MydearWatson, May 14, 2011.
My babies have been on grit since they were 3 days old, will mealworms be OK for them?
I think I've read that it is best to wait until four weeks for anything other than chick chow. Then again, that's what they'd be eating if they were with mama outside. I'm only on my second batch of chicks, so I hope someone with more experience chimes in for you.
I try to answer my own questions based on what does nature do. Momma would be feeding them allll kinds of stuff on the ground from the very first days. I had one gulp a whole mealworm down on day 2. Just make sure they have grit or sand to help digest it.
You can start giving treats like meal worms, bugs, grass (with roots and dirt attached--they love it), chopped/shredded veggies and fruits, boiled and scrambled eggs just as soon as they are eating their starter and drinking well and you are sure there are no digestive issues--usually by day 7. Giving them things like they would eat if free ranging with mama hen will help teach them to forage when they are moved outside. Just be sure they are getting most of their nutrition from a balanced feed.
Try cutting them in half first
Mine have had mealworms daily since day ten (30 days old today), and they instinctively knew how to break them up, so I never had to cut them up.
Mealworms are their absolute favourite treat, and the key to their craven little hearts.
Mealworms that are small enough to be swallowed whole are fine. I apply them routinely to first feeding chicks as they are a little less harsh on the young chicks digestive tract than dehydrated starter feed. Mealworms are not a complete diet in themselves so a complete starter diet still needed if access to natural foods not possible.
Thanks so much for the replies!
I decided not to buy them today but definitely will soon. Maybe another week. I had a few issues with pasty butt so I want to have a good chunk of time with no issues first. But I was SO tempted to get them today. I cant wait to get them treats!! They have small sized at PetCo that looked manageable and hopefully dont need cutting.
Quote:I have been getting meal worms from song bird supply place. They sell more and keep them fresher than most pest stores I have dealt with.
Quote:I just can't bring myself to buy them ! I have been buying small crickets instead and they LOVE them too!