can I use cockatiel grit for 4 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wahmommy, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. wahmommy

    wahmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started feeding them mealy worms, and I haven't started feeding them grit yet. I have some cockatiel grit but I don't know if I should have purchased parakeet grit (size of grit). Also, since they've been getting mealy worms (unfortunately probably too many cause my kids love feeding them to them) I didn't give them any grit, although I did let them scratch in the dirt a over the weekend... but I have noticed they are pooping less than they were just on the chicken starter crumble. I hope I didn't hurt them by not giving them grit yet... the feed store I bought them from said I didn't need it to feed them mealy worms, but this board says different. I shouldn't trust this feed store anyway, they don't seem to know a lot about chickens.. [​IMG]

    Anyway, should I be feeding parakeet size or cockatiel size grit at this point? The store didn't carry chicken grit..
     
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    I don't think you can feed either one of those to chickens. I know parakeet grit has calcium in it and baby chicks can't have that. Not sure about the cockateil grit though.
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was just a couple of bugs or something, I wouldn't worry about grit. But since you indicated that you were feeding them quite a few meal worms, it seems that chick grit is in order. Is there a feed store anywhere near you? Acid_Chipmunk is correct. Parakeet grit has calcium in it which is contraindicated for chicks. I don't know either what is in cockateil grit.
     
  4. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I'm not sure what it says on the box but when mine were little I got it from Wal-Mart!!

    Missi
     
  5. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used the parakeet grit on my chickens since they were about 5-8 weeks old I never had a problem....after that they were outside i didn't need it
     

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