what else to feed my starving baby chicks...............

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by erin3, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. erin3

    erin3 In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2008
    Coronado, CA
    good morning, everyone. my girls are about 4 weeks old and in addition to to chick food i have been giving them small amounts of oatmeal, plain yogurt and their absolute favorite........no-fat, no salt cottage cheese............it is so fun to watch them eat that we want to give it to them everyday........but we don't. any other suggestions for healthy treats before they can get out and search for their own? when can i start giving them scratch? thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. erin3

    erin3 In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2008
    Coronado, CA
    sorry everyone..............i just saw and printed out the great chicken treats list..........i am at work:D........one question, though, is 4 weeks too early for a little scratch?
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    mixed fruit. Watermelon, banana;s, strawberrys...ETC. Some may hate it and some may love it
    BTW. good morning to you as well

    I really cant answer the scratch question but I am starting to give a little bit to them at the age of 2 months. They get it once a week. others may have different opinions though
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2008
  4. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    Take it easy on the scratch and treats. It's fun to give them treats, but they should get most of their food from chick feed. If they fill up on other stuff they won't eat their feed and will actually become malnourished.

    Mealworms are an excellent heaalthy treat and it's fun to watch them go nuts over them. A good treat when the ground is frozen and they can't get at the bugs.
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    You can also use crickets if your petstore or bait shop dont have mealworms (which is highly unlikely)
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    As the weather gets warmer and we move into spring and most especially summer scratch is the last thing you want to give your chicks. The corn takes a lot of energy for them to digest which in turn raises their body heat. In the summer this can add undo stress and result in mortality failures.

    Your chicks are better served by making sure they eat the chick starter/grower as it is complete nutritionally and formulate for their optimum growth and health.

    Occassional treats on the side are okay but don't over do it or they will stop eating the feed and may become malnourished which can manifest in illness and eventually death.

    Cooked eggs, cook white rice, yogurt, black oil sunflower seeds and your vegetable peels from your kitchen are all excellent treats as long as they are kept in moderation. If you are offering too many of these items you will also need to have very fine grit (like play sand) available to them at all times.

    Chicks love meal worms and crickets. Those are easily acquired at your local pet store or fishing tackle store.

    Good luck with your new chicks and have fun.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Honestly, they really don't need anything except their starter feed. At that age, I never give them scratch, ever. They only get chopped hardboiled eggs in addition to starter till they are probably 10 weeks old.
  8. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Also I've found over the years its not good to give them anything more than their chick starter/grower either, it has everything chicks need for growing out......Just another reason for so many runny poos............
  9. Chickchix

    Chickchix In the Brooder

    Feb 7, 2008
    At what age can you start offering something other than the starter food? Just as a treat occasionally, not to replace food...or do they stop eating food and just hope for "the good stuff" like my my DD did as a toddler?
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    My little ones (2 days old) are not eating the scratch but I gave them a teaspoon full of plain cooked oatmeal this morning...they enjoyed tasting it.

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