Sweet potato ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grandmaof5, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Songster

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    I have a cooked sweet potato left over from supper. Can I give a bit to 4 day old chicks? Should I warm it up or serve it room temp?
     

  2. write2caroline

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    Mine loved it! I gave it to them cold.
    Caroline
     
  3. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    Sweet potato is not really a potato but a root vegetable. Its better for them, and us, without cooking. But if you cook your's just make sure its not too hot for your little angels...especially if you use the microwave; it can be deceptive with really hot spots...
     
  4. grandmaof5

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    Thanks for the quick response... so, even though they are only 4 days old, they can have it? I'm so afraid of giving them something when they are too young too handle it...
     
  5. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    Just make sure you give them a little grit too. Use the sweet potato as a little treat; not too much...
     
  6. suzyq53511

    suzyq53511 Drowning in Chickens!

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    They might be afraid of it!!!
     
  7. write2caroline

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    If Momma were in the brooder with them, she would make a happy churrup like sound and let them know it is okay to eat it. With out the momma, you will have to just offer bits to them to see what they like and dislike - Yogurt is a good one with some crumbles in it. A little bit goes a long way. Crumbles make everything more inviting....I tease my daughter about sprinkling crumbles on her veggies! The chicks know the crumbles and that helps them to experience other things. Yours are kind of little still but they will double, triple and quadruple in size as the weeks go on and may enjoy treats. It really isn't necessary to give them treats now. They like red things best it seems. Watermelon is good treat. Small meal worms!

    Caroline
     

  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    A little cooked and mashed sweet potato is fine. But only a little. Chicks that young need to eat mostly chick starter. Sweet potato has a lot of carotenes, a good bit of sugar, but not a lot of anything else.
     
  9. elmo

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    Sweet potato is a very nutritious food for birds (and humans) with plenty of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and potassium.

    http://www.foodreference.com/html/sweet-pot-nutrition.html

    I offer it regularly to our parrots, cooked so they can eat it easily. I would imagine that uncooked sweet potato might be too hard for chicks to eat much of.
     
  10. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I introduce my ducklings to as many different types of food as possible at a young age. They ALWAYS have access to feed, but I tear up dandelions, give them clover, peas, beans, celery trimmings, grape leaves, etc... and toss it in their water dish every day. This leads to ducks that as adults will happily devour your kitchen scraps and weeds. I have a 10 week old drake I just got who has no clue what to do with veggies. He looks genuinely puzzled at the ducks I raised from babies as they scarf down their morning "salad".

    I learned this, not only from raising my own kids, but from raising tropical birds. If all they ever get young is dry seed, they will not eat the nutritious greens and fruits they SHOULD ALSO be eating once they are adults.

    Half of the benefit of owning poultry is their "garbage disposal" skills. You gotta learn em young [​IMG]
     
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