What can I feed my 6 week old Pullets?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by 4CHICKSforMays, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. 4CHICKSforMays

    4CHICKSforMays Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been told that they should be solely on the feed until 12 weeks old, but I can't see how veggies would harm them. I tried Mealworms last week to see how they would react to them, and those little buggers got right to it. They are so instinctive!!! I just want to know if they can eat bits of fruits or veggies yet? Also, what types of worms are best? I'm not too keen on the Meal worms because they are not very nutritious and are Beetle larva, and when it seems like they will eat as many as I give them and look for more. Any input on any of these categories will help, thanks in advance!
     
  2. LadyofChickRose

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    Mealworms, Beetle larva and veggies are Great for a chicken! Give them lots!( Not literally) My Black Australorps had their first mealworms when they were a week old!
     
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  3. 4CHICKSforMays

    4CHICKSforMays Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, really. I have been turned off from Mealworms in the case of my geckos because of malnutrition. I did notice that their poop was drier and larger when I gave them the worms... is that okay? Can they have a few worms every day, or is it more of a treat? And you didn't mention if you gave the babies fruits and veggies that young as well.
     
  4. LadyJada

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    What about chicks, though, can you feed chicks veggies?
     
  5. LadyofChickRose

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    Its more of a treats that healthy thing, its more like they need the chick food but this provides protein as well. And yes fruits and veggies go are the same as the mealworms, its like you feed the baby milk but you give it some small bits of meat or some grapes. You reading me?
     
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  6. LadyofChickRose

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    I don't know about geckos though.
     
  7. 4CHICKSforMays

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    Okay, thanks! Got it. I just don't want to make them sick, because they will eat it all day if I let them! ;)
     
  8. aggiemae

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    Though it's fun to watch the chicks scurry and chase each other over bits of food over the years I have noticed that the chicks that didn't get lots treats grow up to be far less fussy about food that those who do. Chicks don't need or want treats. But If you want to give them a small treat now and then, they will peck at, so eat, pretty much anything you give them. Back when I gave treats they loved freeze dried meal worms and watermelon and when they were outdoors (at 4 weeks) they started scratching for insects almost immediately.

    BTW, if you give treats (other tan buttermilk, yogurt or egg yoke you will also need to supply grit.
     
  9. LadyofChickRose

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    Also congrads on the chicks.
     
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  10. 4CHICKSforMays

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    Thanks! And yes, they are constantly supplied with grit! Sometimes I mix a few tablespoons in their feed.
     

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