1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

What can baby chicks eat?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by koko, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. koko

    koko Out Of The Brooder

    19
    1
    26
    Mar 10, 2012
    new york, newyork.
    Hello!!! I want to know what I can give my five chickens to eat other than their chick starter feed?They are all three days old. Thank you![​IMG]
     
  2. Purechick

    Purechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    72
    28
    53
    Jun 17, 2009
    I think you should wait a couple of weeks before feeding your chicks food other than starter feed because it might be hard for them to digest and they are already getting what they need from the starter feed. [​IMG]
     
  3. Panth

    Panth Chillin' With My Peeps

    485
    15
    111
    Mar 5, 2012
    Indiana
    You can start giving them scrambled egg as early as you want...it is a really good booster for them. I usually use only the yolk for the first week. Once they are about a week old, you can start offering other treats. Watermelon is a good snack especially if it is extra warm where you live. If you want to offer any other fruits or veggies or bugs, you will need to offer them chick grit or start putting chuncks of grass/dirt in the brooder. But most chicks won't be interested in grass until they are over 2 weeks old.
     
  4. LaPetiteFarmer

    LaPetiteFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    788
    24
    123
    Feb 9, 2012
    Vista, CA
    For my first chicks, I waited until they were a week old, but with my other ones I gave mine some mealworms (alive) that I cut in small pieces the first day they arrived because they seemed lethargic. They loved it! Just don't forget to offer them some chick grit as well.
     
  5. koko

    koko Out Of The Brooder

    19
    1
    26
    Mar 10, 2012
    new york, newyork.
    Thank you Panth, but is it possible for me to make them grit. In other words can I take some rocks crush them up really good and give it to them?[​IMG]
     
  6. Panth

    Panth Chillin' With My Peeps

    485
    15
    111
    Mar 5, 2012
    Indiana
    Not sure where you live, but it is easier if you could just dig up a bit of your yard with some dirt on it and let them pic through it unless you don't have very sandy soil in your area.
     
  7. serama breeder

    serama breeder New Egg

    8
    0
    6
    Jun 28, 2012
    chick starter
     
  8. RonC

    RonC Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,481
    94
    171
    Feb 28, 2012
    D/FW
    A healthy treat is their starter mixed with a little water. They love it.
     
  9. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

    440
    8
    111
    Dec 22, 2009
    My new chick, a black Frizzle Cochin bantam hen is 15 days old and she is on chick starter and a little bit of chick scratch and grit. She has also eaten egg, lettuce, zuchinni, grass, small worms, cooked rice, and bread. She's growing and doing great, so a bit of human food is good, but most of their diet when they are young should be the chick starter.[​IMG]
     
  10. Dodo8

    Dodo8 Out Of The Brooder

    13
    0
    22
    May 10, 2014
    I have a baby duck.He's 2 days old and already eats grass and worms. Is this okay? He eaten a lot of both and really enjoys it.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2014

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by