Can I use sand for chick grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eagrbeavr, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. eagrbeavr

    eagrbeavr Chillin' With My Peeps

  2. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2015
    Define sand?
    I would think a coarse sand like in traction weight tubes would be good, but a fine sandbox sand likely too small.
  3. eagrbeavr

    eagrbeavr Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont know how course it is. I have plenty from the foundation for the pool.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Go to a construction yard where they sell gravel and cement and ask to look at masonry, which is finer and construction sand which is courser. It comes in all different and varied size grains, and it's what I have in my run and the chickens select the size grains that they need. It has all the sizes from chick size up to the one-eight stuff adult chickens like, and bigger. And it's very inexpensive.

    I've never bought true grit ever.
  5. bentley2010

    bentley2010 New Egg

    Mar 13, 2016
    Sand used for a pool is generally masonry sand. I was going to try using the sand and grit from the tube sand which is coarser. Plus I have a lot of it around
  6. eagrbeavr

    eagrbeavr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. I just got done reading they dont even need any until theyre eating other than starter, and several people have used playground sand just fine. I'm not even gonna sweat over is for now, now that they wont need it for a few weeks. Hope to be picking some up in a couple days.

    Thanks again for the responses
  7. birds4kids

    birds4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2015
    There is also a train of thought that by getting something hard into the gizzard early you start to build it's strength earlier. Long as they are on commercial processed feed they are fine with or without, do what works for you.

    What I try and do when I see conflicting opinions is consider what the chicks would have in the barnyard if they had been a natural broody hatch. They would have access to sand and pebbles and be eating anything they found. Granted with commercially produced grower feed the grain is milled enough to not "need" grit, but I choose to go ahead and offer it right away anyhow, maybe they get a little entertainment from digging through it.
  8. eagrbeavr

    eagrbeavr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks 4birds. I'm with you.

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