So we're brand new chick parents and loving every second! My girls are 2 weeks (though we suspect they're a little older) and we wanted to give them a hard boiled egg. I've seen mixed opinions. Can we do this without grit? Or do they need the grit with the egg?
hard boiled egg with or without grit?
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There is always going to be contradicting information about grit.
While they may do just fine processing something soft like hard boiled egg, I am in the camp that if they have anything else to eat besides chick starter, they need to have grit available free choice.
Chicks will only eat a few pieces, it won't hurt them and then you don't have to worry about potential problems down the road.
A bag of chick grit will last a long time, I still have a bit left over when mine were babies, I still put some of the tiny pieces with the regular size poultry grit now, my girls pick out what size they feel like they need - and yes they still eat the small grit sometimes as well, so it's not a waste to have a bag.
Edited by Wyorp Rock - 4/16/16 at 8:56am
Yes, they will eat the grit.
It will make it's way to the gizzard where it is used to grind up food.