What treats are best?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by YayChickies, May 12, 2016.

  1. YayChickies

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    What treats are best to reward chicks during training? I would prefer like types of food I will have ready, like fruit or bread. But recipes are good too. Thanks
     
  2. Husker Chick

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    I am a newbie, but I have found my chicks don't like mealworms - totally ignore them. Then I tried some seeds, yogurt - no interest. I finally tried finely chopped apple, and they go crazy for it. All chickens are different and like different things. You might have to experiment to find something yours likes.
     
  3. YayChickies

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    Do I need to peel the apple first, or will they be fine?
     
  4. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cooked rice is what I use to hand feed the girls when training them. I call, and they coming running.
     
  5. Sir Chicken

    Sir Chicken Just Hatched

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    I crush up whole wheat chips.
     
  6. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Bird seed, multigrain bread, and scratch work great for training rewards. But for a reward to work, you must first know that it's something your birds like. Once you know what they like, use that 'treat' for training only. And only reward them with a tiny bit, you don't want to fill them up with goodies. Training works best in the afternoon/evening time. If you try giving treats in the morning, after they have filled up on feed, they just aren't going to be interested.
     
  7. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Birdseed is a great treat, snack, feed supplement for the flock. It's a whole grain ration and will maintain its nutritional value longer than a processed feed mash.

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    But you need to train the birds, at least to come when called. That little bit can be such an asset when trying to manage and work with the flock.

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    Once the chores are done, eggs collected, waterers topped off and hoppers filled, it's nice just to enjoy the flock.

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  8. Husker Chick

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    I chop it up with the peel.
     
  9. YayChickies

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    Thanks for all your answers, I think I'm gonna go buy some bird seed.
     

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