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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Che, Oct 29, 2011.
can baby chics eat chopped rice?
I feed cooked rice, and have never had a problem. Just be sure to provide them with grit.
Mine love rice. I mix it with something that has protein, like yougurt or eggs.
for baby chicks, do u give them cooked or uncooked rice
I give them soft, cooked rice. Much easier on young digestive systems.
Quote:should it be cut into tiny peices. is it good for them?
I buy the big bags of the Basmati Rice at my local SAMS and cook it to the package directions. I let it cool down and serve with a little chick grit sprinkled on top. Watch out for the chicklet races to begin
Is there a reason you don't just give a starter/grower? Is it not available or are you avoiding some of the ingredients in it.
I feed exclusively a 20% or 24% grower till they're at least 6 weeks old when I let them free range.
Things like rice take up space in their feed intake while cutting essential protein for growing bodies.
Rice is not particularly nutritous being only 6.6 - 8.0% Protein with 2664 (+/-) Kcal/Kg Energy thus shouldn't be used as a sole grain in a ration for growing chicks. A balanced starter ration of 18-20% protein and 2800 - 2850 Kcal/Kg Energy is highly recommended.
I often give any LEFTOVER rice as a treat - since to me, "next day rice" is nasty and crunchy. It's not the main part of their diet, but beats the heck outta throwing it away or eating cold reheated rice...just be sure they have access to grit and they will love a little bit.