Yucky Treats???

lizzy06019

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Our chicks are now 5 days old and I've tried a couple times to give them some egg and yogurt for a putty butt remedy. No one cared about the egg at all and they only paid attention to the yogurt after it dried on the plate. Otherwise, they just ran through the yogurt and got shavings stuck to their feet. Most will come over to investigate, take one look/smell and walk over to their chick starter or water and eat that instead. I just bought the yogurt yesterday and it isn't bad... Am I doing something wrong? I thought they'd be all over these treats. They're very energetic and eating and drinking just fine... the treats aren't under the heat (just outside the heat) Are my chicks already divas? Or are they just too young to be interested?
 

Pet Duck Boy

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Dec 12, 2009
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Strange that they won't even take boiled egg, have you tried tapping on the food in the brooder? It's what a mother chicken would do to tell her babies she's found somthing yummy. My chicks took to the egg right away. Yogurt is pretty messy, so I don't reccomend leaving it in the brooder with them. How about you leave a couple chunks of egg white or yolk in with your food, one is bound to start eating it. And when one does they all do. Good luck!
 

toletiquesbysam

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I'd wait on the treats til they are a bit older (just my opinion). The pasty butt ones, I use use a warm cloth and wipe them off good and then dry it best I can before putting them back in. They need their food, not treats right now.
 

HEChicken

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Mine didn't try the egg either. For the yogurt, I took a little yogurt and added some chick starter to mix it to a kind of mash. They ate it great like that.
 

lizzy06019

Songster
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Oct 26, 2009
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Oh no, I wouldn't give too many treats. I was only offering yogurt and egg because another BYCer said it could help with their pasty butt. I am seeing a huge improvement with that and since they don't seem to be eating their treats I'll just stop offering it to them till their older. They do drink and eat their normal food like crazy. No worries there.
 

jettgirl24

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Feb 21, 2010
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I tried giving mine somehard boiled egg last night. I mixed it with their starter and a little cracked corn. They pecked at it a couple times but were mostly uninterested. One did taste it then immediately started wiping her beak with her foot like a little kid who tried something gross... LOL
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I've got the rest of the egg in the fridge so I'm going to try it again tonight and see if they come around.
 

rancher hicks

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I'm not sure why folks think eggs and yogurt are a cure for pasty butt, and I'm not saying it isn't.

I have chicks right now and all I've given them is Chick starter and water. I don't have a problem w/ pasty butt. I do mix sugar in the water for a few days or off and on but there is no sign of pasty butt. A little poop maybe but not pasty butt.
Perhaps if you are feeding them something other than just Chick starter and water that's the reason for the pasty butt. I'm not real sure that everytime someone says "Oh pasty butt" that, that is what chicks have. Believe me if you only feed chick starter and water they won't starve to death. But then I could be wrong.

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speckledhen

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I dont think they are actually remedies for pasty butt, however, chopped hardboiled egg is a good food if one runs out of starter. It's excellent protein for them. Yogurt will help them with gut flora, hence perhaps helping with pasty butt a bit. On very rare occasions when there is a pasty butt issue (really don't get that with hatched chicks much), I add a couple of teaspoons of organic, unfiltered ACV into their quart waterer. That does seem to help.
 

rancher hicks

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As I recall I did have a bit of it with my Hatchery chicks, but not a real problem. Do you think it may be because the chicks we hatch at home get fed right off and don't have to wait 3 days? Plus w/ my hatchery chicks I gave them bits of lettuce. Thouhg I don't recall at what age. With the ones since I haven't given them anything but feed and water.
 

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