Treats?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Roslyn, May 17, 2011.

  1. Roslyn

    Roslyn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey! I wanted to give some little treats like cheese or something to my five day old chicks, but I understand they need grit to act like teeth.
    I was just wondering, does anyone know what I can use for grit/where I can get it? And are they too young to have it? Some people have told me that ripping up a clump of dirt from outside works, but again, are they too young?

    Just a thank you in advance to anyone who replies! [​IMG]
     
  2. mydog8it

    mydog8it Out Of The Brooder

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    Your chick starter should have grit in it, but I wouldn't give them cheese. I know they make special grit for chicks, but I've had issues with tiny ones getting impactions from the grit and/or sand, so I don't give them anything like that until they're about a month old now.

    After they're about a week old, mine started pecking at alfalfa hay (they LOVE this) or romaine lettuce if I diced it up. I started giving diced grapes, cherries and strawberries mixed in with some chick starter (for grit) as treats after the second week.
     
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  3. Roslyn

    Roslyn Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thank you! I just didn't want to give them anything if I didn't know it was okay for them. I will definately try the romaine lettuce and the alfalfa! [​IMG]
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    If you wet down the starter they will think its a treat! I give hard boiled egg yolk and I sprinkle sand over it.
     

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