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post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by Alexandra317 View Post
 

What age do you put the sand box in for the chicks?

I prefer to give my chicks chick grit BEFORE they ever get their first baby chicken food.  A teaspoon full on a small piece of cardboard will be snapped up in a hurry by a clutch of chicks.  With more chicks, say 50 or 60 you need to add more chick grit.

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post #22 of 23
I gave my 2 week old chicks sand for a dust bath today and they went to town EATING it!! They were pushing and shoving each other excited for it. After 5 min they were all still frantic scratching and eating. I removed the sand because I was scared they were eating too much too fast. Any ideas if I should leave it in for them to get use to and relax about it and hopefully use it for dust bathing?
post #23 of 23
Never use play sand....get course sand or crushed gravel small grit size. Crushed gravel is pea size and rough edges to help file the claw nails as they scratch. Mix DE powder and plain wood ash as a 'dust' bath in a 2x2 ft box. Mix DE powder in gravel to absorb urine and kill flies in run and coop floor....i scoop (with cat liter scoop) out solid poop from under roost area every morning. Takes 5 min. No dirt eggs!!!! No dirty poop feet .big_smile.png
Edited by MeeMa Brown - 4/12/16 at 10:23am
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