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Things chicks can eat

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickmchickie, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. chickmchickie

    chickmchickie Songster

    Jul 6, 2011
    Ely Mn
    I know there is a list on here, but i cant find it, and i think some of the things i wanted to know about wasn't on the list..
    Can chicks eat...

    Potato skins.. aka peelings

    Carrot peelings

    Cooked cabbage

    celery the whole stalk with leaves too?

    Mac and cheese.. i have 3 boxes of kraft that expired a few days ago..

    honey dew melon

    left over baked potatos

    rice cooked

    grits cooked?

    red worms or smaller worms like from bait..


  2. a(TM)?HoneyBeea(TM)?

    a(TM)?HoneyBeea(TM)? In the Brooder

    Jul 27, 2011
    Potato skins -
    Many say yes, Others say no. Please only feed cooked peelings to be on the safe side:)

    Carrot peelings -
    Yes, carrot peelings are fine.

    Cooked cabbage -
    Totally fine

    Celery -
    Though mine usually ignore it, yes it's safe.

    Mac and cheese -
    Search it in the BYC search bar, and you'll find MANY BYCers feed it with no problems.

    Honey dew melon -

    Baked potatoes -
    They love them!

    Rice/cooked -
    Totally safe. Non-cooked should not be fed as it expands.

    Grits -
    Cooked grits are safe.

    Red worms/smaller worms -
    Worms such as earthworms carry intestinal worms that chickens can get.
    I wouldn't add to the worms they already get from foraging. Try mealworms
    from the bait store, they are safe.

    Milk -
    No, Chickens lack the enzymes necessary to digest lactose.

    ~ Becca
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  3. Chemguy

    Chemguy Songster

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
  4. feliciamckee

    feliciamckee Chirping

    May 17, 2011
    J Bro
    No milk? Really? That makes sense but why do alot of ppl say to give them yougurt for the enzymes if they are sick? Yogurt is lactose based right? Mine won't eat yogurt anyway, they don't like to get their beaks dirty!
  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Starter. Chick starter. Chicks should be eating almost entirely chick starter. All of these other things are merely serving to dilute an already balanced feed that will grow them out to the best of their potential.

    A little rolled oats every other day to encourage them to scratch up their bedding to keep it dry and fluffy is harmless. A little finely chopped greens once a day is a good thing. The rest of that stuff is just unbalancing a well balanced ration.
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I personally wouldn't feed any junk food or foods with lots of salt. Mac and cheese is a junk food with no nutritional value. Too much salt can kill a chicken. However, this is my personal opinion with the junk food.

    I do give them meats(pork, steak, beef) cut very small. They love applesauce, watermelon, strawberries, sunflower seeds, dried oats, sweet grapes, homemade bread, and hard boiled eggs.

    I give my chicks treats daily. Sunflower seeds every morning and their afternoon snack is a fruit. In the evenings, I'll cut up leftover meat if available.

    Oh, I forgot to add... I started treats when they were 2 months old. Before that, their treat was wet starter. They love their feed wet and pasty.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  7. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Quote:The lactose in yogurt (or kefir or some other products) has pretty well already been digested by the culture that made the yogurt. You give yogurt for the probiotics. You should still give it in small quantities. For 27 chicks I'd probably give a couple of heaping tablespoons mixed in their chick food. It is supposed to give them some good gut flora, particularly in brooder raised chicks.

    I've never tried to give mine yogurt except mixed in scrambled egg, chick feed or similar.

    Lots of info on the web about birds being lactose intolerant; just google.

  8. Chad the Chicken Man

    Chad the Chicken Man Songster

    Jul 22, 2009
    Belleville, WI
    Im sure im going to get picked on here. But i have a 2 chicks and 2 keets that are only a week and a half old, raised by a hen, and ive been giving them a cucumber sliced down the lenth of it. i only give them one half. but the really seem to love it. plus its got tons of water in it to keep them hydrated. they also love my green tomatoes. everything in moderation, but i also sprinkle there food on top of the treats and they seem to love it as it soaks up the flavored juice.
  9. Spoiled1_629

    Spoiled1_629 In the Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Midland, TX
    I got my new chicks yesterday. They hatched Monday. As soon as I got them home and settled in I chopped up a hard boild egg and fed it to them with some grit in their brooder for an extra shot of protein. I sure hope it wasn't too soon to give them that. I was thinking the extra protein would help them after a long trip. I also gave some to my 2 week old keets.
  10. chickmchickie

    chickmchickie Songster

    Jul 6, 2011
    Ely Mn
    Quote:Thank you that is the list i was looking for , but some of the ones i asked about isnt on that list so that is why i asked....

    I dont feed them meals of the straps. but the other day i was peeling carrots and stuff and wondered if i could give them that.. they are still on start and grow, i am keeping them on that till 8 weeks old..

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