when can I give my chicks yogurt?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by spicy6, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. spicy6

    spicy6 In the Brooder

    Feb 28, 2018
    i have 6 2 week old chicks that have had no treats yet. I have heard a lot about yogurt so i thought i would try that. Is there a certain kind? Will it be messy? and can i even give them yogurt at 2 weeks old. more info: i have grit in my house, but it's not in their brooder or available to them. They are eating dumor chick starter. They have pine shaving bedding.
    Hope this background info helps!
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Birds don't need yogurt..That's a fad I hope fades out..
    You can give them apple slices, broccoli, cucumber spears.
    Just provide Grit and they will peck at that.
    Birds can't digest dairy very well..
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  3. FlyingNunFarm

    FlyingNunFarm Crossing the Road

    May 28, 2015
    Chesterland, OH
    My Coop
    If you want to give them yogurt plain is best. It will be messy. They don’t digest dairy very well so only a little for everyone to share. I might wait till there a little older just in case.
    Apple, cucumber, tomato are all good treats. Again in moderation. They don’t need treats.
    You should put some grit in with them too.
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  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Welcome to BYC! I never give mine yogurt or any other dairy product.

    Instead of giving yogurt, why not give avian probiotics instead. Many people recommend gro2MAX
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    Agreed with above posters. Yogurt is not the best treat for chicks. I give mine: fermented chick starter, unmedicated, scrambled eggs, a plug of sod from an untreated lawn, and Poultry Nutri-Drench. No other treats until they are foraging in the deep litter in the lower level of their grow out coop (around 3 weeks old). At that time, they are finding their own treats in the DL.
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  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I agree with everyone here; limited treats, only when the also have grit. Dairy is not something good for chickens, eat it yourself!

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