5 weeks olds eat grass, time for grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by All about the EGG, May 18, 2008.

  1. They were eating some grass yesterday. Can I give them sand out of the sandbox?
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    Sure, you can give them sand. Some people start giving their chicks grit when they're 2 or 3 days old, so I think you'll be all right!
  3. In a bowl, or sprinkle in cage?
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    When my chicks were little, I bought Parakeet grit at the grocery store. It's like sand. I mixed it into their food, just a little bit every time I filled the feeder.

    If you give them sand from the sandbox, be sure that it has no chemicals or anything in it that could hurt them. I think Play Sand, like the kind Lowe's sells, should be okay.
  5. you can provide grit for them, they'll only eat it if they need it. they won't eat it for food if there is food available.
  6. I went and spread a small handfull in the food bowl.

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