Treats for baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TheBajan, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. TheBajan

    TheBajan Chirping

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    My pullets are 9 days old now and I am feeding them Dumor 20% starter/grower chick feed. Today I gave them the cut tops off of strawberries. They spent a good 45 minutes chasing each other around eating them. I was told not to give them chick grit until they are older. I'm wondering though if I should give them some grit since I gave them some strawberries? If so, would I just add some to their chick feed or offer it to them in a separate dish?
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    Yes, they need grit as soon as they start eating other food. Offer it separate.
     
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  3. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    Yes, they absolutely need grit. I sprinkle the grit in with the chick feed when I refill the feeder. Layer of feed, thin layer of grit, shake to mix and repeat. Seems to work for me.
     
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  4. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    X2. This is what I do too from about 2 weeks old.
     
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    oregonkat Crowing

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    I have also discovered that the much maligned chickweed is, as it's name suggests, ideal for chicks. I pull up as many little plants as I can, and put them in with the roots, dirt and all in the brooder and watch out!! The chicks come flying to dig in. Great chicken TV.
     
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  6. SueT

    SueT Free Ranging

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    Yes! And according to BYC pundits, it's a good idea to give baby chicks some soil....it helps them develop immunity to cocci. The first two weeks is when the greatest benefit occurs.
     
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  7. TheBajan

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    Thank you all for your replies! I have so much to learn. I gave them some grit and they wiped it out! :)
     
  8. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

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    They can overindulge on grit. I would just sprinkle on their food like you would salt your dinner at first :thumbsup
     
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