Can I give my baby chicks dirt from the yard?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 7_chicks_for_luck, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. 7_chicks_for_luck

    7_chicks_for_luck New Egg

    5
    0
    7
    Mar 27, 2011
    I had read something on here about cutting out a chunk of grass from the lawn and giving it to baby chicks for grit to help digestion
    but I live in the south and we have mostly clay here
    is it still safe to do that?
     
  2. chickenbarn-gal

    chickenbarn-gal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Michigan
    Quote:Hmm... Chickens love to dig up the grass until there is only dirt left, then they just love to chew it or take dirt bathes in it. It is the natural thing that they do. I am sure that it is "okay" to let them eat the clay/dirt, but I wouldn't give them too much.

    What I did was bought some chicken grit, dug a hole and filled the grit in the hole. Then mixed in the grit with a little dirt. They loved it! They chewed it, played in it, & bathed in it.
    (And the chicken grit had calcium which kept their eggs very strong)
    (Also it stopped them from digging more holes in the yard! [​IMG] )

    Perhaps you could try that?... Good luck with your chickens. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2011
  3. Mak

    Mak Chillin' With My Peeps

    742
    4
    131
    Dec 12, 2009
    Londonderry, NH
    Yep, tht's fine to do. I do it for mine starting when they are about 3 weeks old. A hunk o' grass and dirt, and a box of sand, and the little buggers are in peep heaven! LOL

    (Our soil is mostly clay, as well. Hasn't hurt a chicken yet.)
     
  4. Ruth Ann

    Ruth Ann Chillin' With My Peeps

    296
    3
    121
    Apr 13, 2010
    South Carolina
    We have sandy soil...
    but I fix a shallow dish filled with garden soil for them starting at
    about a week or so old.
    They love to bath and pick at it [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by