Can I use sand for grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by jimz1, May 24, 2011.

  1. jimz1

    jimz1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2010
    Coleman, Wi
    I've been using chick grit for our chickens that are 2 months old now and was wondering if I can use sand instead of store bought grit. It is finer than grit that you buy. Will it still help them " chew " their food? They have been out for about a week and are starving for treats!
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Yes, you can use sand for grit.
  3. I was going to ask that this morning, too, and did a search. What I've read says that the beach sand should be rinsed because of salt content; and play sand and other sand is very fine and they would need a lot of it. Mine have been eating play sand (the construction sand isn't as fine, so I'm using that next) and I give them some actual grit, too. When they are outside on the grass, I am not sure how much they are actually getting from the ground.

    I'm interested in all the answers, too!
  4. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    Construction sand is generally what is recommended.
  5. Tofer76

    Tofer76 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 7, 2010
    Carthage Il,
    thats what i plan to use in my run floor
  6. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Yes, for young chicks. But you have two-month-old pullets? The sand will just pass right through.

    My 7-weekers are choosing granite bits that are roughly 1/4" in size.
    Last edited: May 24, 2011

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