When can chicks get treats? What kind of treats?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Barry Natchitoches, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Barry Natchitoches

    Barry Natchitoches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to train my chicks to come to me when I want them to, and to do that, I need to feed them treats when they do what I want them to.


    At what age can chicks begin to eat treats?


    What kind of treats can a young chick eat?


    Do I need to feed them grit before I begin to give them treats?


    What kind of grit is best for a baby chick?
     
  2. welovechickens

    welovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave mine small earthworms. They went absolutely crazy for them, once they figured out that they were something good to eat. [​IMG]
     
  3. sunnibunny99

    sunnibunny99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ah, i use small bugs and mealworms for treats, maybe crickets if they wanna play [​IMG]


    i started giving them treats at about 1 wk. but im sure you can do that earlier...


    because if they were in the wild their mom would feed them bugs anyway [​IMG]
     
  4. schmije

    schmije Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't start giving treats until four weeks, but lots of people start sooner. Before that I just put some of their chick feed into my hands and held it down for them. They went crazy for it like it was something great. I don't know why it was better than what they had in the feeder, but it got them used to being hand fed. Now they run right up to my hands when I reach into the brooder.

    They're 4.5 weeks now, and they got their first biscuit tonight. They were like little vultures, and they mutilated it in just a few minutes.
     
  5. SandRun

    SandRun Out Of The Brooder

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  6. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I love it when mine eat lawn grubs and squirmy things with millions of little legs. Ick! Yesterday, an older bird ate a cicada larvae! Double ick!

    Suzy

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