What kind of "table scraps" are ok to feed chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by MissD1970, May 26, 2011.

  1. MissD1970

    MissD1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    Im wondering what kind of scraps people feed chicks and chickens. Im new at this, my chicks arent even in their coop yet. Id like to give them a treat and table scraps, just afraid to try it without some examples. Thanks [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it's easiest to list what they shouldn't eat - you can look up a full list. Raw potatoes, avocados, citrus, moldy or salty food, rhubarb leaves are all on the bad list.

    My chickens love to eat:
    Scrambled eggs
    oatmeal
    pasta
    small amounts of plain yogurt
    swiss chard leaves
    berries

    Usually when something new is introduced they freak out like it's going to attack them, then one brave soul figures out it's food and a frenzy ensues [​IMG]
     
  3. chicken-whisperer

    chicken-whisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't feed the little peeps any scraps. My girls get a variety but no fish , garlic , onions or flax. Has anyone fed a laying hen flax seed and does it really turn the yolks black?
     
  4. essig

    essig Out Of The Brooder

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    I feed mine any vegetable scrapes except onion and garlic. The do love pasta and bread if I have it.
     
  5. Dutchgirl

    Dutchgirl Not Dutch!

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    Mine enjoy:
    ~Eggs
    ~Bread
    ~Berries
    ~Banana
    ~Bits of meat
    And much, much more!
     
  6. DvanderSlik

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    I was so excited to give my pullets strawberry tops (and a few whole berries) this morning after I hulled the berries... and at the end of the day, THEY DIDN'T EVEN TOUCH THEM! I was so disappointed. I thought it was going to be a treat!
     
  7. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    they will..give them time!

    Mine love ANYTHING given to them...

    they REALLY love blueberries, bananas and strawberries...

    they love fruit of almost any kind!! they dont care for lettuce yet..
     
  8. CowgirlPenny

    CowgirlPenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I give mine everything except what I know they hate (lettuce and carrots) nothing overly salty, no onions or garlic. Pretty much everything else they gladly eat. Tater tots, strawberries (they favorite) leftover spaghetti (even just the plain noodles) ramen noodles, cantaloupe shell, eggs, bread, rolls that are about to go bad, oatmeal, leftover cream of wheat, and more. There is really not much they WONT eat, except raw carrots and lettuce. I don't give my littlest ones anything special yet though, they aren't out in the sand run yet~
     
  9. MissD1970

    MissD1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much! At least now I have an idea, and looking up what is bad to feed them is a great idea, so thanks [​IMG] . Im not sure how old they are, I had an annoying employee at the feed store who couldnt offer me anything but the box to bring them home in. When I asked how old they are, her reply was "a day". well, they had had them a day. I gave up at that point. I have had them about 4 weeks now. They have lost almost all their fuzz and i noticed yesterday their heads have a bald spot and new feathers are starting to sprout. I guess I will wait until they are a little bigger to give them scraps. I really appreciate the help and I am so glad I found this site [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Keltara

    Keltara Chillin' With My Peeps

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