Too early for treats?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by flock-mama, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. flock-mama

    flock-mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my 20, one week old chicks are quite the little hunters. I heard a bunch of loud chirping and went to investigate, one had a very small dragon fly in its mouth running around like crazy! So cute! A few mins later a small moth was caught. Now there is a fly buzzing over and its got everyones attention. lol. Why are these bugs all of a sudden in my house? I better check the front door! LOL! [​IMG]
    I know its too early for treats, but they got it on their own.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Gotta love the pest elimination aspect of chickens.... I wish they were better at catching flies.
     
  3. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My babies who are almost 2 weeks old, love chasing a stray fly that heads toward their light... it cracks me up. A few have come VERY close to catching one!
     
  4. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I wish mine would show more interest in the little black ants we have everywhere.
     
  5. drom

    drom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, can anyone tell me when can I start giving my pullets treats? Is is bad to give them snacks at 8 weeks? I hope not. In the last few days they have gotten some oatmeal, peaches, tomatoes and baby corn. They are still eating plenty of starter crumbles. But should I wait until they are older to resume the treats?[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Nah, at 8 weeks old treats are fine, IMO. If you go to the top of the "Feeding Time" category, you'll find a great treat chart put together by Buff Hooligan with more treat ideas.
    The only thing to keep in mind about treats is to keep the amount of treats low; no more than 10% of their daily intake. Try plain yogurt, but one warning...stand back or you'll get covered in it. It's a hoot to watch them eat it.
     
  7. drom

    drom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2008
    California
    Quote:Nah, at 8 weeks old treats are fine, IMO. If you go to the top of the "Feeding Time" category, you'll find a great treat chart put together by Buff Hooligan with more treat ideas.
    The only thing to keep in mind about treats is to keep the amount of treats low; no more than 10% of their daily intake. Try plain yogurt, but one warning...stand back or you'll get covered in it. It's a hoot to watch them eat it.

    Oh, good. thanks. I'm getting some yogurt for them tomorrow.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
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    Wow, mine have been free-ranging since they were 8 weeks. I figure that is equivalent to lowering the protein ratio with oats and what they would be doing if I lived on a "real" farm with momma hen taking care of them. They seem to be doing great.
     
  9. drom

    drom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2008
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    OK they had the plain yogurt tonight. hahahhaha. They loved it.[​IMG]
     
  10. flock-mama

    flock-mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Working in a school kitchen, one day we had made too much mashed potatos, I brought left overs home, it was messy but fun to watch them eat. lol. [​IMG] A few years ago we had like 30 lbs of left over Mac-n-cheese, I put it in a pile and they grabbed like it was the only noodle and ran around! lol.
    Now, don't worry at that time I had 45 adult birds to eat all that.
     

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