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Substitute for grit for baby chicks...?

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I have 3 week old chicks that I'd like to give occasional treats to and I know I need chick grit.  My local feed store is out, so here are my choices... regular grit (which I believe will be too large), bird gravel (local petshop I called suggested that product) or just sand?


Which is the best choice?  I realize they don't NEED anything but their starter feed, but I'd like to give a few treats to help me bond with the chicks...

 

Thanks in advance for your help!

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IF your yard has not been treated with any insecticides/herbicides, the absolute best thing you can do for them would be to dig a clump of sod, and toss it in the brooder, grass, roots and all.  Your chicks will get: grit, minerals, insects and seeds, greens, first dust bath, bacteria and fungi to help jump start a healthy digestive system.  The ideal time to start them on sod is within the first 2 weeks when their built in immune system is at it's strongest.  But sooner, better than later!  Enjoy the party that they'll have with it!!!

 

Take a trowel out into your driveway and scoop up some gravel.  They'll pick and choose for the correct size of grit for their needs.


Edited by lazy gardener - 5/23/16 at 9:38am

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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volley ball areas in parks or playground areas should have what you need

 

or check the free stuff section of craiglist.. they often have free dirt, sand, gravels available

What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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