My chicks are eating dirt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wberry85, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. wberry85

    wberry85 Out Of The Brooder

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    Is this ok? I read some people put dirt in the brooder to give them some entertainment and let them get some grit out of it, but they are picking up chunks of dirt and swallowing them. Now I dont reckon my chicks are a bunch of geniuses, but should I be worried?
     
  2. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are they getting enough to eat? if you're worried, cover the dirt with paper towels and encourage them to eat by giving them some yogurt or chopped up scrambled egg. if they don't have a mother hen to tell them what to eat, they'll just peck whatever they see on the ground.
     
  3. wberry85

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    Yeah it seems like they will take a break and go back to the food, but they put a serious dent in the dirt mound I put in there, so I just wasnt sure how well all that would digest...
     
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Actually, it will probably just pass right through them. They're like any baby - put everything in their mouths... err... beaks. And swallowing it won't hurt them. It may even be beneficial, introducing them to things for which they need to build immunity.
     
  5. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are the chicks?
     
  6. wberry85

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    Woke up this morning and they ate the whole mound!! They are about a week and a half old. I guess we'll see. [​IMG]
     
  7. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you leaving food for them 24/7. They need alot of food. I have 30 chicks their a month old & they ate 25 lbs in one week. I'm constantly filling their waterer & feeder.
     
  8. wberry85

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    Yeah they always have plenty of food. They eat about a quart a day between the eight of them.
     

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