Can I use dirt from outside for grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Cheekygreek, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. Cheekygreek

    Cheekygreek Out Of The Brooder

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    I forgot to buy grit yesterday for our new chicks and it's a long drive into town.Can I just use a little dirt from outside? I'm next to a river so I can also get sand from there. As far as I know there haven't been any chickens on this property in years.
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Until/unless you begin offering feed other than commercial chick feed, they do not *need* grit - commercial feed is formulated to be water soluble, which makes it digestible without the aid of grit.
     
  3. Cheekygreek

    Cheekygreek Out Of The Brooder

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    I have them on pine shavings and I read they should have grit in case they eat the shavings.
     
  4. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Put a layer of paper towels over the shavings until you know they've figured out what they're supposed to be eating :)
     

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