My chicks are eating fabric scraps

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by konatreehugger, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. konatreehugger

    konatreehugger Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2011
    my chicks are eating the teeny scraps of fabric and thread from the floor... will this hurt them? I try to get it away from them whenever possible, but they seem to want to eat everything! they are a week old today...
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    They eat whatever is at their feet without a hen to show them what to eat. For that reason I put burlap down and then paper towels over the pine shavings till they figure out what food is. After about 4 days I quit the paper towels and then a few more days I pull up the burlap and there's nice clean shavings which I continue them on till they leave the brooder space.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm trying to figure out where a chick would get fabric scraps unless they're running loose in your house. I quilt and mine never have access to fabric scraps. Yes, it can hurt, especially if a thread becomes entwined around a tongue. That is an unpleasant death.

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