At what age can my chickens begin eating treats?

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This is one of my chicks kumar, I have 2 total. I have some questions, they’re 5 days old (bantam) I got them from the tractor supply co. They’re assorted so I dont know what kind. My questions are:

When can I give treats?

Grit or no grit?

Is there such thing as too much handling?

Best chicken coops?

If you guys have any advice, feel free to give it.

when can i give chickens treats
when can i give chickens treats

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Ashley Alva Boynton
Ashley Alva Boynton

I give mine a few days to settle in their new space before I handle, and I made sure to spend time with them at least twice a day. They’re all laying now and some of them are sit in your lap friendly. Peeps just need peep food for now, if they’re kept in a coop full time you can offer grit when they are older. You can give size appropriate treats any time, just go easy on them especially when they’re little! I loved taking my peeps out to peck and scratch outside on nice days. Just sit with them in the grass and watch them.

Ashley Alva Boynton
Ashley Alva Boynton

mine go nuts over dried mealworms. You can break them up into small bites. I also can now use the bag to get them all to come when I call, I yell here chick chick and shake the bag and they fly to me ???? mine also like blueberries and strawberries so you could try some fresh fruits and veggies cut into small pieces for them to find their preferences.

Melinda Sue Gutberlet Wolfe
Melinda Sue Gutberlet Wolfe

They need heat tonight, 90°

Melinda Sue Gutberlet Wolfe
Melinda Sue Gutberlet Wolfe

Ok, I was about to comment on my temperature…… its been awhile since I’ve had little ones & newly hatched needs at least that. But you sound like you have it under control. However 2 ?? I would go back & get at least 2 more tomorrow, they will cuddle if cold & separate and stay away from heat source if hot.

Donna Marie
Donna Marie

I don’t give treats till I start seeing feathers. Just because by that point they’re officially “toddlers”. Always provide grit if giving something other than the predigested chick crumble.

Donna Marie
Donna Marie

The one food you CAN give them at this young age, is scrambled egg. (cooled of course) Egg is what they lived off of before hatch. It’s safe.

Donna Marie
Donna Marie

Usually we will give them egg to boost their health. One thing you will want to keep a close eye on, is their butt. The temperature changes they experience can cause “pasty butt” where their poop gets stuck to their bottom causing a cork effect. If that happens , gently swab their bum with warm wet washcloth or qtip dipped in warm water and dishsoap (just a drop), when the poop finally sloughs off, pat dry and swab butt with ointment *without anesthetic properties* or vaseline to keep poop from sticking again. Can also nip it in the bud now, if they have healthy clean bottoms, by putting ointment or vaseline on their bottom now.

Donna Marie
Donna Marie

it’s important to keep up on it. IT’s the most likely thing to cause your chicks problems, and if left untreated, can kill the chick. (backed up waste can poison the system of any living creature)

Donna Marie
Donna Marie

I usually keep qtips, ointment, save-a-chick powder (it’s like pedialyte for chicks), and chick vitamins (can use human polyvisol without iron, or chick vitamins which can be found at local feed store) a few small hair ties (the kind without the metal piece holding them together) and a straw or two. (those two things can be used to remedy splay leg or spraddle leg, but you sound like that’s not a problem so that’s more for future chicks.) a tupperware style bin or bowl for if you have to keep a chick separate for some reason. ( can put the bowl under the heat area and chick can see it’s nest mates while being safe from pecking . again for future chicks. )

Donna Marie
Donna Marie
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OH!! one very important thing to have on hand,.. those hand warmer packets hunters use to keep their hands warm while hunting. If your power goes out, it’s a heat source they can use till it comes back on.

Kimber Von Remington
Kimber Von Remington

I talk to and handle mine from the time they hatch or from the time I bring them home. They are under a brooder plate and when they hear my voice they come out. Move slow, hand down on the ground, always talk softly. They do not run from me and I like keeping it that way.