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I have 4 Buff Orpingtons that are in a brooder in my house. They are about 2 weeks old and I am feeding them chick starter. When should I start putting some grit in there with them or probably in there food and what type of grit should I use? Thanks for any help

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They sell small grit for chicks.

opinions vary on when to offer it, of course they have to have it once getting food that requires some "chewing" like greens.  Some claim they should have it early to give the gizzard a head start developing.

If they are with a broody they would get it soon as they were out in the yard.

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IF your ground is not frozen, you can meet a multitude of needs by giving them a plug of sod.  Place it in the brooder upside down.  They'll go nuts over it and will reap lots of benefits:  grit, greens, minerals, tiny insects, a good dose of beneficial bacteria and fungi to jump start their gut flora and immune systems, and their first dust bath.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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I have 4 Buff Orpingtons that are in a brooder in my house. They are about 2 weeks old and I am feeding them chick starter. When should I start putting some grit in there with them or probably in there food and what type of grit should I use? Thanks for any help

 

The Science Of Feeding Grit To Poultry

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/891051/the-science-of-feeding-grit-to-poultry

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 Best,

 Karen


Edited by 3riverschick - 2/8/16 at 6:47pm

Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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Walt Boese strain and Tewart flock of Pure English  Light Sussex

My flock now resides with Farmer Karl in PA.   

  I know he will do well by them. Karl is a knowing poultry man.

RIP Hellbender, my friend. Good friend, good heart, gone too soon.

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I'm new at this, so grain of salt and all that, but I fed my chicks chick starter exclusively for the first week to let everything settle down from the stress of hatching and being shipped. Then the second week I provided chick grit because I started to feed them daily "treats" to introduce them to a variety of foods while they're young--not only so they accept these foods later but also to start developing the kind of gut flora that is designed to handle such a variety (plan is to free-range daily + garden scraps).
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