Treats for chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by bocephus_the_rooster, May 29, 2010.

  1. bocephus_the_rooster

    bocephus_the_rooster In the Brooder

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    Hi, my chicks are three weeks old about. They are RIR. i was wondering if it is ok to give them any treats yet, and also, what kind of treats should i give them?
     
  2. vtgirls

    vtgirls Songster

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    my rir are 4 weeks and they are crazed for shredded cheddar cheese and also for worms we find them in the garden
     
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  3. feathersnuggles

    feathersnuggles Songster

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    Be sure to give them chick-size grit, if you offer treats. Otherwise their crop won't be able to grind up the treat, and that's trouble.
     
  4. bocephus_the_rooster

    bocephus_the_rooster In the Brooder

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    ok, i use purina and i'm pretty sure that has chick grit in it already
     
  5. SunnysideupstateNY

    SunnysideupstateNY Songster

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    Mine are 5 weeks old and love oatmeal, wheat germ and bran. I use that as their scratch.
     
  6. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Crowing

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    Quote:Purina does not have grit in it and I don't know a feed that does.
     
  7. Lynn in Texas

    Lynn in Texas In the Brooder

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    Oooh.....I'm going to have to try the cheddar cheese. Mine are 5 weeks old and since they were 3 weeks old their very favorite treat is scrambled eggs - they simply go crazy over it. They also love finely shredded cabbage - I do it in a cuisinart with the cole slaw type disc.
     
  8. I put sand in the brooders the first week...that way I didn't have to worry. They ate the sand and took dust baths right away. They have enjoyed grubs, various greens from the garden (love strawberries that are a lil overripe) and leftovers from the frig.

    The crop does not grind the food...the gizzard is where their food is processed. The sand/grit stays in the gizzard for a short time...the reason you have to have a constant source such as grit/sand/soil while free-ranging.
     
  9. bocephus_the_rooster

    bocephus_the_rooster In the Brooder

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    ohhh okayy gotcha : )
     

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