I got my chicks last night and I've tried to give them a half of a cherry tomato but none of them will eat it...any thoughts?? Do I need to do anything??
I have to diagree slightly. This is my point of view only. Yes they are young and have special needs like plenty of warmth and special dietary needs, but everyone gets lost in what everyone says to do and what not to do. I have read quite a few books and out of all of them Joel Salatin's books just seem to stick in my mind. He seems to base everything on how wildlife and mother nature interact, work with the land and animals not against them. Another example cows have 4 stomachs for a reason, to digeste a pasture based diet, but thousands of farmers feed grain to an animal that isn't designed to digest grain. I don't feel like treats are gonna hurt a thing from day one and heres why. If a broody hen is allowed to hatch a clutch of eggs and then raise those baby chicks she will keep them warm without electricity she will show them from day one how to forage and hunt for food and those sweet little treats that none of us probably ever notice in the grass and around the garden. Just remember that chickens are domesticated (granted some breeds couldn't survive without human help) but many of the breeds we all love are perfectly capable without our help.I would not give new chicks treats. They don't have the proper digestion this early. Give them their peep food, chick grit, water, and if you like some hard boiled egg yolk this early. In a few weeks they will be more ready for treats like worms and bugs. I had mine a few years ago in my basement and a spider crawled through, they were like little vultures they chased it down and then ran around and fought over it. Give them time, even their first worms will be strange until one of them picks it up and shows the others that it's tasty.
Kool..anything to make chicken tv better!Energyvet said:I didn't want to say anything but I've been feeding my new chicks meal worms from the day I brought them home prolly 4-5 days old. They had to learn how to eat them, but they have torn them in half, whipped them around and eaten them whole. No adverse effects at all. And boy is it entertaining to watch. They get so excited! Anywho... Just my opinion.