2 questions

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by HappyFarmLady, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. HappyFarmLady

    HappyFarmLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    NE Kansas
    1) I bought my grit before I got the chicks and it is a size 2. I put some in a small coffee can lid and they go crazy over it. Is this normal to love grit?

    2) Do any of you sprinkle food or treats in the bedding for them to scratch at? My 18 1wk old chicks are tirelessly scratching in the pine shavings and I kinda feel sorry for them. Seems like they should be able to find a goodie once in a while. (BTW I have been giving them a smashed egg or a cut up strawberry but not hidden in the bedding....)[​IMG]

    They are so fun to watch I could spend hours out there!!!!
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

    Nov 4, 2008
    Cross Lanes, WV
    yes they love grit, I don't know why lol

    Usually mine make such a mess with their food they end up with a bunch of crumbles hiding in the bottom of the brooder.
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    While I can't say it isn't good to offer them grit, I can say they don't need it. The basic chick starter has everything they need. On the other hand I do believe many problems with pasty butt are due to the "treats" folks insist on feeding their chicks.

    Chicks are after all babies. I do believe more chicks die from kindness of well meaning owners.

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