Watermelon ok for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PetChickenBoo, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. PetChickenBoo

    PetChickenBoo Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to raising chicks and this is my first set. Mine are a week and a half old and I was wondering if they could have a little bit of watermelon as a treat or are they too young?

    Thanks!
     
  2. team edward

    team edward Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi i wouldnt feed them anything but chick starter the first few weeks they might be able to have some when they are fully feathered and grown a little bit [​IMG]
     
  3. dela1991

    dela1991 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave mine cut up watermelon for the first time when they were about 8 weeks old and living outside in the coop. They really enjoyed it and didn't have any problems with it. They really like strawberries too. Cantaloupe not so much. The absolute favorite so far is kale. And yogurt. I would agree with team edward that 1 1/2 weeks is a bit young. Good luck with your chicks.

    Terri
     
  4. I-Have-Happy-Hens

    I-Have-Happy-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2010
    Carrboro, NC
    I gave mine watermelon at 2 weeks and the loved it and are just fine.

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  5. m&tgrevel

    m&tgrevel New Egg

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    My babies (who are just over 3 months) get the rinds after I ball a melon. They go NUTS over it!
     
  6. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    There is a time coming (very soon) when they will look at you with disappointment if you don't bring something! Until then they are just excited to see YOU so I would work that angle as long as you can! [​IMG]
     
  7. hudsonhousechicks

    hudsonhousechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We give watermelon to our pullets; they're 9, 10 and 11 weeks old. It's by far their favorite treat. Sometimes I give them rind but I like to cut off the end and give that piece to them. They gather around like they are at their feeder and peck it clean. It looks like a little cap when they're through. It's cool from the fridge and a nice treat on a hot Texas afternoon.
     
  8. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Mine eat until the rind is see through...
     
  9. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    I don't think chicks are ever too young for treats [​IMG]

    Think about it~~~if those same chicks were being raised by their mother hen~~she'd be leading them to, and feeding them anything edible. [​IMG]
     
  10. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine love watermelon too -- but they are big enough for grit, which is the big issue of your chicks not having foods other than chick starter too soon. Some people use parakeet grit for little chicks -- the rule there is that the grit not have calcium supplemented, which is hard on their kidneys. Also, their diet should consist of not more than 10% treats. Like any other little kids, if they get into candy and crap they will not want to get the "good for them food".

    But when they are ready for treats, they can have just about anything except potato peels and nothing ever with mold on it.

    And now we need pictures of these little dumplings.

    Jenny
     

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