So many questions!!! Treats?? Do I Vaccinate or not....?

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  1. Paws4fun

    Paws4fun Out Of The Brooder

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    So I got my lovely ladies home on Sat safe and sound!! They have settled into their new home nicely - I am starting to see their personalities come out!
    A few questions I want to throw out there - Treats.....yes or no?!? and if yes what do you give? I don't want them to start pecking each other.....the breeder suggested I just stick to their food (cracked corn and chick starter) no treats.

    Currently my chickens have never been Vaccinated - should I start....? Or just leave them alone?
     
  2. olliegrow

    olliegrow Out Of The Brooder

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    check your local area for poultry disease and go from there as far as vaccinating, it couldn't hurt if you can afford it...also mealworms are great treats for chicks...they run round all happy when they have 1 and the others give chase..lol...its fun to watch
     
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  3. Paws4fun

    Paws4fun Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you!!!! Very helpful!! :)
     
  4. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! There is a nice chicken treat chart in the Learning Center, https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens chickens will eat about anything, just give in moderation, treats should only be about 10-15% of their diet. Nice article on vaccination. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps030 Mareks is usually given by the hatchery, otherwise most small flock owners don't seem to vaccinate unless they know they/ their area have had a problem in the past with something, or if they go to shows.
     
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  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Vaccination for Mareks would be at hatch if the hatchery does so. Mareks is wide spread and has a high fatality rate plus, survivers will be carriers for life. The vaccine doesn't prevent Mareks however, it may lighten the effect of chicks. You may want to read up on the various Mareks threads to make your own decision.

    Cracked corn can be given as a treat in moderation - chicks are like kids with candy, once they taste it they aren't interested in their balanced feed. Treats don't s top chicks from pecking (that's from boredom, bad personality or over crowding in coop or run.) - unless of course they are fighting over who gets the treats.
     
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  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Good info from Drumstick Diva.
     
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  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our "flock".

    You've received some good advice already!
     
  10. Paws4fun

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    Thanks Everyone!
     
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