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when to give chicks grit?

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How old do chicks have to be before you give them grit? Would small bird grit work when they are chicks?

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I started when they were a week old, couldn't wait to start giving them other stuff like bugs and worms!! I went out and bought some sand from Home Depot.. they are 4 weeks old now healthy as can be and growing so fast! They are still on their chick starter too.

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I start at day 4 or 5, using chick grit.  I sprinkle it on the feed daily like just a touch of salt.  I like the red kind where you can see it and not give too much.

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Does grit not come in the chick feed?  For some reason I thought it did.

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They don't need grit with chick feed but do with other foods.  you caqn offer it at any age.  Grit for other birds is fine -- if it's just grit.  Sometimes they add other stuff that another species will need but is not necessarily good or even OK for chicks.  Sand is fine.  I use the fine stuff at the bottom of my adult chicken bag of grit.

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Originally Posted by ddawn 

They don't need grit with chick feed but do with other foods.  you caqn offer it at any age.  Grit for other birds is fine -- if it's just grit.  Sometimes they add other stuff that another species will need but is not necessarily good or even OK for chicks.  Sand is fine.  I use the fine stuff at the bottom of my adult chicken bag of grit.


Good to know, thanks!  I have some shopping to do for my peeps.

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I gave my chicks grit as soon as I started giving them extras such as chickweed etc, they need it to digest the newer foods.

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Chicks are everywhere! Barred Rock, Buff Orpington, Dark and Light Brahma , Silkies,BLRW, Barnevelder and hopefully some Wheaten Amerucana's....
http://angloamericanchickens.weebly.com/
NPIP Certified NC 55-1045,Member of the American Silkie Bantam Club and the APA.

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post #8 of 8

I gave my chicks the special small chick grit when they were 4 days old, they took right to it.  I did it because I gave them a chunk of dirt from the yard and couldn't believe how fast they started hunting for, eating and chasing after each other for worms.  Great entertainment!!

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