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Just bought some grit so we can start giving our chicks an occasional treat, but my hubby accidentally bought regular grit, instead of chick grit.  Should we return it, or can we still use it?  (maybe filter it or crush it up?)  What would happen if they accidentally ate some pieces that are too big?  or do they know to only eat the ones they can "handle"?  

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If it were me, I would get the chick-sized grit just in case. Babies aren't always smart about what they put in their mouths! You can always hang onto the regular grit for when they grow up.
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Grit is important if they are eating anything besides starter feed, yes! if you are feeding anything else, treats like veggies (mine love microgreens and sprouts) or meal worms etc. I started mine on some grit when they began eating treats like this...and they wolfed down the grit. I started with treats when they were about a week and a half.

 

I would try and grind it down a bit and/or feed it anyway...


Edited by mobius - 3/20/16 at 9:26am

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First Chickens 2/23/16; 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks named Ophelia, Maybellene, Caldonia, Nadine, Evangeline and Alberta!

 

Outlaw Brooder Heating Lamps!! Use Mama Heating Pad (MHP)!!

 

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I would try to sift it, using several different sizes of sieves, there are usually quite of bit of 'fines'.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

I would try to sift it, using several different sizes of sieves, there are usually quite of bit of 'fines'.


Now why didn't I think of that?

Overthinkers, UNITE!!

 

First Chickens 2/23/16; 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks named Ophelia, Maybellene, Caldonia, Nadine, Evangeline and Alberta!

 

Outlaw Brooder Heating Lamps!! Use Mama Heating Pad (MHP)!!

 

Chicken Music: My playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1-Tb0ZMLqCI52B3Nbp6hKaMtcw5iN0EY

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Overthinkers, UNITE!!

 

First Chickens 2/23/16; 3 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 3 Partridge Rocks named Ophelia, Maybellene, Caldonia, Nadine, Evangeline and Alberta!

 

Outlaw Brooder Heating Lamps!! Use Mama Heating Pad (MHP)!!

 

Chicken Music: My playlist here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1-Tb0ZMLqCI52B3Nbp6hKaMtcw5iN0EY

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post #6 of 7

 Hi,  :frow

 Here ya go. The 1st 4 posts are explanatory. The 2nd page of the Gran-I-Grit PDF referenced in post # 4 has feeding instructions. Including which size to feed at what age.

The Science Of Feeding Grit To Poultry

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

Not to worry about buying the wrong size now. You can use it later, smile.

I get my Gran-I-Grit at Agway. Less than 10.00 or 50 lbs. Also useful around the property

for projects other than poultry. Or share with your other chicken friends.

 Best,

 Karen


Edited by 3riverschick - 3/20/16 at 9:57am

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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Originally Posted by 3riverschick View Post
 

 Hi,  :frow

 Here ya go. The 1st 4 posts are explanatory. The 2nd page of the Gran-I-Grit PDF referenced in post # 4 has feeding instructions. Including which size to feed at what age.

The Science Of Feeding Grit To Poultry

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

Not to worry about buying the wrong size now. You can use it later, smile.

I get my Gran-I-Grit at Agway. Less than 10.00 or 50 lbs. Also useful around the property

for projects other than poultry. Or share with your other chicken friends.

 Best,

 Karen

Good to know, thanks:

http://www.jupefeeds-sa.com/documents/GraniteGrit.pdf

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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