What age is it ok to begin introducing new foods to chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Matt, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Matt

    Matt New Egg

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    I have five, 5 wk old chicks who are currently inside the house still...They are still eating the starter feed. I have experimented with raw oatmeal and sesame seeds...etc. All were really loved and gobbled up, but is there a scheduled age for certain foods? Greens?
     
  2. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Actully on the feeding bags they always write, that you start feeding your chicken laying mesh when they are 18 weeks old.
    Greens and other treats you can start feeding them in another two weeks, that what I always do, but if the weather was better, I will let them free range under my supervision for an hour or so and let them pick what they like.

    Omran
     
  3. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ontario
    No I dont think so.....When I had my broody hen hatch out some babies for me last spring.....everytime I fed her some treats she would give them to her babies first....or call them to come and eat....as long as its not to hard or too large for them to swallow I think its fine....
     
  4. Omran

    Omran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Quote:Oh I agree with you 100% I just ment,that laying mesh what I have to watch for 18 weeks, and when it is worm enough I will free range even chicks. I did not want to let the chicks out if it is too cold.

    Omran
     
  5. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    My chicks are 5 days old and Miss Prissy said I could give them yogurt to build there immunity and have xtra protien. They love it but it is messy ! [​IMG]
     
  6. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Ontario
    OOOps I think I posted just after you Omran.....I was too busy looking at my fingers and not the screen....I was answering Matts question....sorry for the misunderstanding....I also agree with you too !
     

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