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Do my chicks need grits?

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I have 2 four week old chicks who are currently living inside with about an hour in a run on the grass a day allowing them to meet my older hen. They're on chick crumbs with the odd meal worm etc. Do they need grits as well?ive heard people on here talk of chick grit but I can't find anywhere that sells it. If I give them normal grit will they just pick out the small bits they need and leave the bigger bits and the soluble grits which I think are harmful for them?
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I have never used it on chicks or for that matter for my larger birds.

I have Bantam welsummers,   Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish x Tolbunt, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Bantam wyndottes   and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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I have Bantam welsummers,   Bantam Olive eggers, MGB, LF Welsummers, BCM, BLRW, LF Buff and Golden Laced polish x Tolbunt, LF Sumatras, Bantam Sumatras, d'anvers, CCL, Bantam wyndottes   and bunch of free range birds

 

 
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post #3 of 6

starter will be just fine

 

there's no need to feed them any grit

 

you can start when they are 8 weeks or so as you switched over to grower feed (if available)

 

but if they are free ranging.. there's no reason to feed grit..

 

personally.. don't waste your money on grits or oyster shell if your chickens do not need them

 

i know people care alot about their chickens.. but stay within budget don't buy things that they don't really need

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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post #4 of 6
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Thanks, I won't worry about it then! Now to just keep on slowly introducing them to my hen.
post #5 of 6

Birds just eating starter feed don't have to have grit, but it is a good idea. By 4 or 5 weeks, they're ready for #2 grit and adult (#3) grit by about 8-10 weeks. Grit helps to develop the gizzard. Grit is cheap and best to provide.

I think the reason most don't carry chick grit is because it is only fed a short period of time and isn't essential if one is only feeding starter feed. (the grains are already ground)

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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I've got a bunch of chicks that are 17 days old. I've had them for about 2 weeks, and started giving them chick grit about a week ago. The reason being was that I was starting to feed them dandelions, and plantain. Then I have given them some spinach and cabbage leaves as well. So if your birds are eating more than the chick starter, give them grit.

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