Treats for chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by cluckylisa, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. cluckylisa

    cluckylisa In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Central Minnesota
    Are any of the treats listed on the Treat Chart ok for chicks? If so at what age can they get which treat?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    How old are your chicks? I started chopped hard boiled egg and plain yogurt at 10 days old. I added one treat at a time, a new one every couple days to a week, after that.
  3. Padre

    Padre In the Brooder

    Dec 28, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    I think most any treat that does not require grit to be digested is cool, Yogart, Cottage Cheese, Bread etc. I also think I read on here somewhere that they make a chick grit, but I have not seen it around here.
  4. amarook

    amarook Songster

    Mar 4, 2009
    I got chick grit at tractor supply!

    Do you know if it's safe to offer them meal worms at a week old?
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    The one I've seen most people on here use is hard boiled egg yolk. I don't know at what age meal worms are OK. I'd stay away from greens until they get older. Greens may upset their digestive system.

    I think gritsar is wise to add one treat at a time and see how they react. Sometimes their tummies can be a little delicate.

    And my purely personal opinion. I'd offer chick grit from day 3. I would not offer it the first couple of days so they can learn what their primary food is. I know most of the prepared starters don't require grit for digestion, but what if a hard shelled bug wanders in their range? And they might peck something (maybe bedding? who knows what they might get into!) which could hurt them if they don't have grit to help get it though their system. I just think it is good insurance, is cheap, and won't hurt them.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2009
  6. cluckylisa

    cluckylisa In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Central Minnesota
    My chicks haven't even been hatched yet. We won't get them until just after Easter, but I thought I'd be prepared. [​IMG]

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