What ELSE to feed baby chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cheri14, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. Cheri14

    Cheri14 In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2014
    Wimberley, Texas
    I got 5 EE's on 2/21/14 when they were a few days old. When can I start giving them other stuff to eat besides the starter feed for chicks?
    Any specific suggestions on something that will tickle their fancy?

  2. CrazyChookLady5

    CrazyChookLady5 Songster

    Dec 6, 2013
    Australia, NSW
    we what I do is give my chick starter pellets (and water), and every now and then give them, bread and as they get older give them food scarp,
    because chicks grow so fast they need lots of nutrients and protein and all that stuff to help them grow

    hope this helps
  3. Ariel188

    Ariel188 Songster

    May 31, 2012
    Southern CA
    You can give them scrambled eggs now.
  4. Mtn Laurel

    Mtn Laurel Songster

    May 18, 2012
    Northern Virginia
    My Coop
    I didn't introduce a lot of extra stuff when they were real small because the chick starter has the protein, vitamins, and minerals they need to get started and I didn't want to mess that up. The only extra items I gave them in those first few weeks was mashed boiled egg and a small bit of uncooked ground oatmeal. The oatmeal was at the suggestion of someone at BYC because one of my chicks had runny poo. The oatmeal firmed it right up.

    When you introduce them to foods other than starter feed, egg or ground up oatmeal, don't forget to give them chick grit so that they can digest it.

    Enjoy your chicks!
  5. Cheri14

    Cheri14 In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2014
    Wimberley, Texas
    Thanks y'all!

  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    I don't feed much besides their starter either but I do occasionally give them some chopped, hard boiled egg which they love and they also go crazy for peas! They all grab a pea and start running around the box, peeping like mad to keep it away from all the others even though they each have one! Funny things.
  7. duckman73

    duckman73 Hatching

    Mar 6, 2014
    We've given ours a couple dried mealworms a day after they have figured out their regular food and water. They loved them, and it encouraged them even more to come running to us. Still works to this day if we rattle the bag. [​IMG]
  8. sahmhomesteader

    sahmhomesteader Chirping

    Nov 3, 2013
    SW Ohio

    That would be hilarious!
  9. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    I don't give chicks anything but chick starter until they have had an opportunity to spend some time in their outside brooder on the ground in order to eat some good dirt and grit to help digest it. I will put them outside on the ground on a good sunny day for an hour or two at least a couple of times. Then I start them out with mealworms. As Duckman said, hand feeding mealworms makes for some pretty tame chicks!

  10. marilyn1954

    marilyn1954 Chirping

    Sep 14, 2013
    Small town America
    My chicks are coming mid April. I purchased the starter feed and grit. Can I just throw it all on the ground or should I put it in a bowl? Can I mix it together??

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