When can I give chicks dandelions and such?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by amijab, May 18, 2017.

  1. amijab

    amijab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering when I can give clumps of grass and dandelions to the chicks? They are three days old and in an indoor brooder. Just looking for things to entertain.
     
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  2. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I give access to the outdoor world starting at a week old. I'm not sure what the "right" age is but have heard from folks here that taking a little scoop of dirt/weeds/grass and putting it in upside down so they can pick through the roots is beneficial to chicks housed indoors. They'll probably avoid it for a few days yet but a mama hen takes them off the nest around 3 days. I only wait because I need them to return to the shelter and locking them in a few days enforces that they eat, drink, and sleep there.
     
  3. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day three. Seriously, so long as they have chick grit to digest it. What do you think Mama would feed them, breast milk? :lau

    Pull up a clump or two and leave the dirt clog attached, this will not only acclimate them to the local microbes but will help them build up a good colony of intestinal bacteria ("probiotics") as well.
     
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  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    As soon as they are eating well, filling their crops with their crumble, I start them on a clump of sod, or a dish of soil from my untreated yard. I am also a fan of fermented feed. Early is good for exposure to soil as it takes advantage of the 2 week window of opportunity when they have the most antibodies inherited from their mother. Be sure they have access to grit: most soil has acceptable stones they can use. And leave the blades of grass attached to the roots.
     
  5. amijab

    amijab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!
     
  6. Jeremy J

    Jeremy J Out Of The Brooder

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    I used a post hole digger and took a clump of dirt and grass and put it in the brooder starting at a few weeks. They loved it. Picked it dry by the next day everytime.
     
  7. MigraineMan

    MigraineMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started putting a clump of dandelion-and-dirt in the brooder at 2 weeks. Seemed to work well.
     

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