Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by SouthernBYChickens, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. SouthernBYChickens

    SouthernBYChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2011
    Just curious - I have been raising part-time backyard chickens for about 2-3 years now. Had to stop a few months due to relocating. Now I have 18 baby chicks that are 3 weeks old today. On a side note - ordered them from Welp Hatchery and so far we have had a great experience. Now to the yogurt. I just now read today that chickens love yogurt. My questions (although they may sound stupid) are: how old do they need to be before I start treating them to yogurt and does it matter what flavor? Thanks in advance for any replies. [​IMG]
  2. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    I personally don't feed anything until they are 5 weeks old (they eat chick starter) I'm sure yogurt would be good for them! I've always fed plain yogurt.
  3. partsRheavy

    partsRheavy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2011
    They can have yogurt at a week old!!!! Just dab some PLAIN unsweetened Greek yogurt on your finger and the little fuzzies will instantly love yogurt-finger!!!! At 3 weeks their little beaks are stronger so the yogurt can go in a little dish if they nip too hard.

    PLAIN Greek yogurt is a LOT better for them than the sweetened or flavored stuff! Nostimo or The Greek Goods or Cabot Greek are good brands.

    They LOVE it and "yogurt time" is a great way to bond with the chicks!!!! It's a little childish but it's SO fun!!!!!! When they grow up they will come running when you go to the henhouse....knowing that you have yummy stuff for them!!!

    Visit your local dairy section!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  4. partsRheavy

    partsRheavy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 28, 2011
    PS I forgot to mention that the rationale behind the yogurt is to get GOOD bacteria in their gut to build natural immunity while raising the little ones on non-medicated chick starter.

    Nevertheless, feeding yogurt (in small quantities just enough for them to eat for a few minutes) is lots of fun!!!!
  5. fiddlebanshee

    fiddlebanshee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    Quote:Yes, I started mine on yogurt from week 1 and they love, love, love it. I only feed plain unsweetened yogurt. I wouldn't feed chickens anything with added sugar but that's just me, maybe. you can add some cut up grapes or pieces of apple, but mine always liked it just plain. I now make my own yogurt, which is way easier than i thought it would be.
  6. chickengrandma

    chickengrandma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    For some real fun, as they get older, fill up a shallow container with the plain yogurt and stand back. They will just about dip their whole heads in the bowl. They come up with face fulls of it! And then they shake their heads. The yogurt goes flying every where! It is so hilarious and they just love it.
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  7. boogiedog

    boogiedog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2010
    Oakland hills, CA
    Ditto Chickengrandma - mine, after eating it, will come up to me and wipe their beaks on my pants (gee, thanks) and dive right back in. Yogurt and cottage cheese a truly chicken faves. And very funny to watch them eat. (And when it is done they will look for and pick the spatters off each other...)
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  8. Toxic Chicken

    Toxic Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2011
    Long Island
    Thanks for all the info. I will be a first time chick mom, hatch date feb 27th.
    I didn't know I could feed them a snack so young. I can't wait to feed them
    Yogurt finger ! I want to bond with them and that sounds like a good way.
    Do you guys feed medicated or non medicated starter ? I can't decide which.
  9. ChickenBoy17

    ChickenBoy17 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 30, 2011
    I tried yogurt and they wouldnt touch it
  10. Buff Oreo

    Buff Oreo Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 5, 2011
    wow. never thought of that. ill try it if i get chicks this year.[​IMG]:yiipchick:yiipchick:yiipchick:yiipchick:yiipchick:yiipchick:yiipchick

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