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hard boiled egg with or without grit?

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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?

post #2 of 6

Welcome to BYC, glad you joined, as long as it is a soft food they can have it, fibrous things like grass you need grit for.

post #3 of 6

Welcome to BYC!

 

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.

 

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/11/feeding-chickens-at-different-ages.html

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/03/baby-chick-basics-what-you-need-to-know.html


Edited by Wyorp Rock - 4/16/16 at 8:56am
post #4 of 6
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So they just know to eat the grit, right? (that sounds like such a stupid question, LOL)

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Thank you! We're so worried about doing something wrong, ya know? :)

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