1 week old chicks eating pine bedding

Veiji

In the Brooder
Apr 7, 2021
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12
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Sturgis, Michigan, USA
So we have a mixed flock of 1-2 week old chicks. Some are ingesting the pine bedding we just put in. (Theyre in a pack n play so sand was out of the question).

Are we able to give them grit at 1 week old? If so, a couple table spoons in their food so they don't over eat?


I need advice please and thanks in advance!
 

Veiji

In the Brooder
Apr 7, 2021
20
12
44
Sturgis, Michigan, USA
I keep my chicks on layers of paper towels for the first 1-3 weeks, until they learn to reliably eat their food. I do “top dress” their food with grit sized for chicks. I’ll sprinkle on the grit as though I was salting food. Not too much!
We only switched today because they were tearing up the paper towels and eating it 😫 We bought grit today only to see instructions say not till theyre 3 weeks old. So its fine to give them maybe a tablespoon mixed in with their food? There are 19 babies with a 1 QT feeder
 

4timandlisa

Chirping
Apr 10, 2021
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Northern Minnesota
We only switched today because they were tearing up the paper towels and eating it 😫 We bought grit today only to see instructions say not till theyre 3 weeks old. So its fine to give them maybe a tablespoon mixed in with their food? There are 19 babies with a 1 QT feeder
Yup, it’s fine to give them grit now. Just make sure the grain is not too large (look for chick grit).
 

BGcoop

Crowing
Aug 5, 2018
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Honestly I’ve only ever used pine shavings with mine from day 1. I’ve never offered grit. Yes sometimes they sample a small piece of the pine but I’ve never had any problems from it. Maybe I’ve just been lucky?
 

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