The little chicks are going to be all right. Yesterday they were eagerly eating chickweed that I tossed into them. They even began to fight over it. Next my husband dropped them a tiny worm he had found when planting a fruit tree. The chick’s reaction turned quickly from curiosity to something of a frenzy, and at one point they each had hold of the worm.
Chickweed is so named because chickens and birds love it. It is a low-growing, ground-cover type plant found all over the world in the spring; it is flourishing now in south Alabama. Chickweed (Latin name Stellaria media) is a highly nutritional plant, used as a medicinal herb by many. I pull it by great handfuls and toss to the big girls, too. No doubt they find it when they are allowed to free range in the pecan orchard and along the fence rows, however, where I find the most chickweed is growing in the gardens surrounding the house, which is off limits for the girls for obvious reasons.
Run a search on Google for images of chickweed. Once you know what it looks like, you’ll have a ready and nutritional treat for your chicks. But it only lasts through the cooler temps of the spring!