Their First Critter

Last night Vince read that after the chickens are 2 weeks old, they can eat bugs and worms. It was after 10 when he went to take the trash out front and there was a worm on the driveway so he brought it in for the chicks. We stood downstairs laughing at them for 30 minutes (or longer)! They didn’t have a clue what to do with the worm. The worm was as big as a small snake and they never did figure out what to do with it so Vince finally took it out and tossed it and we went to bed laughing at the chickens. I can’t wait (for several reasons) til they can go out and find smaller worms and bugs.

Here’s a short video for your viewing pleasure.


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    Marla Southers says

    That is so funny! In comparison to their size, that worm probably looks like a python to them! Thanks for sharing!

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    peggy says

    I have a big issue with snakes. The way that thing was whipping around creeped me out. Those chicks are almost too big to be called chicks anymore.

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    Sandy says

    The one chick seemed to be hogging the worm although it didn’t look like he knew what to do with it. The chicks are really growing. I bet you can’t wait to get them outside. You won’t have so much clean up to do then. Ha!


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    Every time I find a worm in the yard I grab it and go put it into one of the raised beds!

    If you get an old tub and cut out the bottom, you can put hardware cloth (wire) across it and set the chicks outside on the grass during the day when it’s warm, they’ll find some bugs.

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    I love the grab-the-delicious-thing-and-run-screeching thing going on there. If you can wound a cricket enough that it can wiggle but can’t hop, let them have at it. They’ll love it.

    We usually have a couple good mayfly hatches each summer and my chickens (all ages) just gorge themselves till they are about to bust. For a few days afterward their eggs taste fishy. Ha!

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    Robin says

    You sound like a proud mom! LOL Thought of you the other day when we went to TSC and they had chicks for sale in the back.

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    I am so loving watching these little chickies grow. 🙂 It’s a flash back to my childhood — my Mom is really talented with baby animals (kinda the animal equivalent of a green thumb:). There were always interesting baby animals around our house/farm (peacocks, tiny ducks, all kinds of birds, pigs, calves).

    Maybe they need worms on their scale? 🙂 LOL