Bird grit with added calcium? Ok for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sweetpea3829, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Songster

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    I am a first time chicken owner (lol) and my chicks are a little over a week old. I picked up some grit for them today, at Walmart. When I got it home, I realized it has added calcium carbonate. I remember reading that too much calcium is bad for the chicks' kidneys.

    Should I not give them this grit? Or can they have it?
     
  2. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Songster

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    Anybody? Bueller?
     
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

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    You should not feed the grit to your chicks.

    Chicks do not need grit, or anything else, if they are being fed the chick starter crumbs. This does not need grit to digest it.

    Once they are ready to go outside and eat other foods, then you can add grit to their diet. If you allow the chickens to free range they will get all the grit they need themselves.
     
  4. Sweetpea3829

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    I was reading about starting them on treats, etc. But before doing so, they'll need the grit, yes?

    I realize that there are different opinions on whether or not they need/should have treats at this young of an age, but I'd like to start them. If they were with a mother hen, they wouldn't be eating just crumbles, kwim? They'd be sampling all kinds of things. We're hoping to bring them outside, supervised, in another two weeks or so (during the day...back in at night).
     
  5. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Crowing

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    Well seems like you know what you are doing them.
     
  6. Sweetpea3829

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    Not really, lol! I still need to know if the calcium content of this grit is too high for my chicks.
     
  7. Sweetpea3829

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    Anybody else? LOL! I thought this was an active forum? Am I asking this in the wrong place?
     
  8. DuluthHomestead

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    They should not get the high-calcium grit--they don't need extra calcium when they're this young. Some feed stores will have grit specially designed for baby chicks (my feed store doesn't have it, so I can't tell you any more about it) or you can just offer them clean sand. There are definitely different opinions about treats, but I agree with you--if they were outside with a mother hen they'd be eating anything they could fit in their mouths. But I would also definitely limit the amount of treats they get since they need to be getting most of their nutrition from the chick starter. My chicks loved lettuce (torn into tiny shreds) from week one, and as they got older they really like tomato (especially the gel and seeds) and plain yogurt mixed with starter. They're six and a half weeks old right now and are really, really into rolled oats and earthworms.
     
  9. Sweetpea3829

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    Thanks! Going to have to see if I can't find anything more suitable for grit, then. Is there a way to tell if they have enough grit in their crop? (I'm not even sure where their crop is...lol)
     

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