Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by crystal195655, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. crystal195655

    crystal195655 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2011
    Glenoma, WA
    We will be getting our chicks in a few weeks....I have already purchased "Chick Starter"...when can they start eating things like yogurt, oatmeal etc? I have seen several people talk abaout feeding that COOKED oatmeal? as in leftovers?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas

    You'll get lots of opinions on when it's okay to start treats. I start offering things like plain yogurt, small mealworms, and yes, cooked oatmeal around two weeks old. Why? Because I know when they are being raised by one of my broody hens she's feeing them whatever she happens to find from a few days old.
  3. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
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    I agree with the above poster above me that she is right on. However in addition to what was said keep in mind that 2 week old anything has a 2 week old tummy also. The stomach is just developing and IMHO I would give them only bland items like rice, finely chopped hard boiled eggs, yogurts, scrambled eggs, oatmeal. I also would suggest that a treat is a treat and not a meal unless you prepare it as a meal. Small portions is the key.

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  4. CoopedChik

    CoopedChik Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2011
    Louisville Kentucky
    I always start a treat with my baby chicks with an earth warm or a meal worm around 3-4 weeks. And since your a newbie good luck with your babies remember to keep them warm and safe.[​IMG]
  5. ScottyHOMEy

    ScottyHOMEy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2011
    Waldo County, Maine
    What the others said.

    If you give it, it should be in small measure as a treat only. They'll love it as being something different. That's what treats are.

    Older/larger birds can absorb it more readily as part of their diet. You just don't want to give too much by way of treat to birds of any age that will take away from the diet they need at that stage of their lives. Young birds are fun, and occasional treats don't hurt, but shouldn't displace their regular ration. It's a critical stage for their long-term health and productivity.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012
  6. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Colorado mountains
    It is also my recollection that little chicks in their first few days/weeks can digest the chick starter crumble without access to grit, but if you are giving treats, they may need grit in order to break it down. I doubt yogurt falls into this category, but when I gave my little chicks yogurt they just walked in it and tracked it all over the place. I mix a few tablespoons of plain yogurt with live cultures in a morning warm mash I give to my laying chickens, but didn't have much luck with it with little chicks.
  7. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2010
    I agree with everyone else..wait a couple weeks...if you want to give them something 'different', mix their starter with
    some water and make it into a mush...they will LOVE it! Even full grown chickens love this!

    Good luck and come back and post some pics of the babies!

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