Newbie question about treats...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by CarlaH0318, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. CarlaH0318

    CarlaH0318 In the Brooder

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    I have a new flock of biddies that are close to 8 weeks old. Is it too early to give them black oil sunflower seeds or oats?

    For my older girls, which kind of oats is best to offer?

    Thanks,
    Carla
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Waiting on a Fresh Garden Salad

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    They are a bit young for black oil sunflower seeds, or oats. I do give a bit of cracked corn at around 3 months to scratch for.

    Be careful feeding sunflower seeds to older birds as they can cause internal fat which can be deadly.

    My chickens prefer rolled oats, and won't eat regular oats, but it could be mine are picky.
     
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  3. CarlaH0318

    CarlaH0318 In the Brooder

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    Thanks for the info!!!!
     
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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    The best treats for your chicks is going to be allowing them to shred some grass from an untreated lawn.

    Usually, I only offer grains/scratch as an enticement to get the girls back into the run/coop when predator issues arise. I also sprout grains for the flock in the winter.
     

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