When can I start giving the chicks an occassional treat?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by donnap1967, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time raising chicks. They are currently almost 2 weeks old. Right now I am giving them just their chick feed.

    At what age can you start to introduce treats into a chicks diet?
     
  2. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not really sure, but mine that are 1-2 weeks old LOVE mealworms, and my afternoon entertainment is to feed them a few and watch the chasing and tug-of-war that ensues. Beats TV anytime.
     
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  3. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    little peices of lettuce. mine got nut's chasing each other trying to get it.
     
  4. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it's ok to give a treat at 1-2 weeks old?
     
  5. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they were with mom, they'd be chasing bugs and eating bits of grass and weeds, so limited quantities should be fine for them.
     
  6. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 2 weeks old yersterday. And i gave them 2 chopped up boiled eggs.... and boy oh boy did they have a field day with them so yersterday I gave them a little bit of sand and they tore it up!!!! I have 18 babies [​IMG]
     
  7. Ron

    Ron Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I planted wheat in a planter box and when it was an inch or two trimmed it and gave the trimmings to my 2-week olds and they loved it. After another week I cut the wheat sod and gave them the sod piece and they loved scratching in the dirt to get to the seed part. Now they are 5+ weeks and are crazy about the Lacinato kale leaves I give them. I am careful to make it a treat and not feed too much of it. Didtto for Swiss chard: they love it!
     
  8. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are 5 days old & I put wheat heads in a pile they are green with a few small leaves . they love to pick & play with it I think it is just something to to get them off the roost & play [​IMG]
     
  9. MissChessy

    MissChessy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 7 weeks old. I bought some oatmeal off the clearance bin at our local grocery store for 50 cents, yes a huge tub of oatmeal for 50 cents! I mixed the oatmeal in with their feed, and man did I have a feeding frenzy! They went after that oatmeal like crazy.
     

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