When can you feed chicks bugs?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by catlvr976, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. catlvr976

    catlvr976 In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2007
    Near Meadville, Pa
    My babies are almost a week old, actually, 2 of them are, but the others won't be til Monday.

    When can I feed them a bug? And when I do, do they need to start the grit? They are eating chick starter now, and the guy at the feedstore told me they won't need grit til they're around 6 weeks or so.

    I'm so excited to see what they do when they get a bug.

  2. I have seen my 2 week olds eat a poor little spider after their mum gave it to them so it should be fine to let their natural instincts kick in with a bug.
    In the wild I would say that they would have bugs quite early in the absence of chick starter!!!
  3. catlvr976

    catlvr976 In the Brooder

    Mar 5, 2007
    Near Meadville, Pa
    Good point [​IMG]

    I'm assuming they'd need grit then?
  4. I must admit that ive never used grit except in the chicken mixes that the mums have in their dish.
    The bubs have access to dirt in the pen.
    So Im not sure about the grit for your chicks, how are they housed? any dirt?
    (ps it's Sunday morning here now!)
  5. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Anytime you feed your chicks something other than commercial chick feed, you need to supply grit. Put it in a separate dish, not with the feed. They will only eat what they need.

    The guy at the feed store is probably assuming you won't feed anything but commercial feed until the chicks are six weeks old.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2007
  6. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    I'm a real novice at chick care although I did have a couple of chicks hatch last year under a broody and all was well. I've got seven chicks 5/6 days old from an incubator and today I gave them a dish of dry soil from the garden to scratch and peck in thinking that's what they would be doing with their mum, and they just went crazy! Up 'til then they'd just had their own poo to play with! It's the chick equivalent of a 'Game Boy'!![​IMG]
  7. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Songster

    Mar 21, 2012
    Boise, ID
    It is a lot of fun to see what they do with different things! My 2 week old chicks and duck love yogurt and mashed banana, spinach leaves, violets, and I'm testing them on a little grass right now. I have been offering them little construction sand that we dumped in the yard earlier this year. Sprinkling a little over their food will encourage them to eat it and then they take what they need out of a little feed cup. Chick grit is sold at some feed stores as well but if you are going to feed something out of the yard I heard you should make sure it has enough rock content to actually grind, not just like potting soil.

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