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    Re: Interesting article concerning day old chicks

    Article looks interesting, though I've only skimmed the summary.

    A different forum's piece about chicks.
    Suitability of day-old chicks as food for captive snakes - Reptile Forums

    Day old chicks generally are not fed before disposal. That is, if they come directly from the hatchery. If not from a commercial hatchery, they could be several days old and been given food and water during that time. If hatchery killed chicks contain antibiotics, they came through the mother during egg development. Commercial food generally does contain low levels of antibiotics.

    IMO, day old chicks are too big for most garters. So suitability as food is moot. On the other hand, I've fed plenty of adult birds to a variety of larger colubrids, boids, and at least rattlesnake. No obvious problems.

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    Re: Interesting article concerning day old chicks

    Quote Originally Posted by -MARWOLAETH- View Post
    Yes but they were the chicks of Sturnus vulgaris and Passer domesticus, 1-5 days old. In the wild, I have observed them (T. s. concinnus) eating the chicks of Agelaius phoeniceus.

    Quote Originally Posted by paulh View Post
    IMO, day old chicks are too big for most garters. So suitability as food is moot.
    So? It's not moot. A large trout, or a chicken is too big for baby garters, but you can still feed it to them. All you need is a knife or scissors.
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    Re: Interesting article concerning day old chicks



    Thought this chart would be helpful
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    Re: Interesting article concerning day old chicks

    Very interesting to see the big differences concerning the minerals. And I figured that the fat percentage of pinky mice and rats would actually be higher than the adults, at least that's what I commonly read on forums. I wonder if they took into account that pinky mice often have mother's milk still in their belly.

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