Not so skinny chicks!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by singleton, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. singleton

    singleton Just Hatched

    Apr 4, 2012
    Good gosh! My 3 week old chicks are eating like crazy! I have 3 Easter Eggers, 3 Australorps and 3 Plymouth Rocks and we are going through a 5lb bag of chick starter every 2 days! I wish our Agway sold that stuff in 20lb bags!

    Are there any "treats" I can give them? I dont want to disturb their disgestive systems, since they are only 3 weeks old. Can they eat bugs? We have lots of spiders and cave crickets (which are the most hideous insects ever! - these 1/2 dollar sized bugs jump like grasshoppers and scurry like spiders - I cant wait till the chickens are older, they'll have crickets every day!)

    Or can they eat things like breadcrumbs and cheerios?

    Thanks for your helpful advice, once again!
  2. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

    Mar 20, 2012
    If they are in the brooder, you can give them pieces of grass cut into 1 inch pieces. If you give them grit, they can have a greater variety.
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    They can have many insects but I would not advise feeding them bugs you catch. They could have come in contact with numerous diseases and parasites. You can buy healthier insects at most pet stores. You can feed cheerios in moderation but they don't have much nutritional value for them
  4. vickifiveoh

    vickifiveoh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2011
    Burnsville, NC
    My chicks are doing the same thing. I told my husband that I have never seen chicks eat like they are. I am interested in seeing what kind of responses you get.
  5. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    I started out buying smaller bags of food but then just resigned myself to the fact that chickens are actually feathered pigs and now I buy 50 lb bags!

    I give my chicks a plate of old fashioned oats, ultrakibble for chicks and grit every morning to supplement. I also always have a baby cake in their brooder for them to munch on. Soon, I will be giving them cut up grapes, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and any other fruit that I find has gotten to be too ripe for humans to enjoy. They love cut up grapes. I cut them into 8th or 16th since chicks will gulp them and will choke if given bigger pieces.

    Chicks grow into chickens so quickly that they need as much solid nutrition as they can get. Thus, the enormous amount of food they consume once they hit 3 weeks old! Feathers take a lot of nutrition also.

    Enjoy your little eating machines...they won't be little for much longer :)
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
  6. StephanieH

    StephanieH Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    You can give them greens and veg peelings too. I hope you can find somewhere with 50 pound bags of food soon!

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