Can you make chick grit from regular grit?

sevenfatcows

Songster
6 Years
Jan 26, 2015
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Here's what I've been doing for years, and it works very well. Just go outside and pull up a clump of grass or dandelion, etc. with its roots and attached dirt. Put the whole thing, dirt and all, into the brooder with the baby chicks. They will be able to get a sufficient amount of the grit proper to their size from that. I have a brooder with four day olds in it right now, and gave them a generous heap of clumps last night. It's fun to listen to them "talk" about it as they investigate, pick through, and generally tear it all up. They will eat small amounts of the grass also, depending on their age. Usually, they really enjoy it; we never buy chick grit.
 

DeneeNae

In the Brooder
Feb 22, 2018
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Northern Arizona
Here's what I've been doing for years, and it works very well. Just go outside and pull up a clump of grass or dandelion, etc. with its roots and attached dirt. Put the whole thing, dirt and all, into the brooder with the baby chicks. They will be able to get a sufficient amount of the grit proper to their size from that. I have a brooder with four day olds in it right now, and gave them a generous heap of clumps last night. It's fun to listen to them "talk" about it as they investigate, pick through, and generally tear it all up. They will eat small amounts of the grass also, depending on their age. Usually, they really enjoy it; we never buy chick grit.

That sounds like a wonderful idea! I bet they would have fun with that! But, I live in the desert (northern AZ) and dandelion greens are just not a thing out here.... Greens in general, actually. I'll try to find something similar though. Thanks so much!
 

DeneeNae

In the Brooder
Feb 22, 2018
16
25
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Northern Arizona
What is your mature chicken grit made out of? If it's oyster shell you shouldn't feed that to your new chicks. If it's some sort of rock like granite you could crush it up and give to the littles.

It's granite, but the chunks look bigger, so wasn't sure if it was ok for chicks. How would I crush it down?
 

sevenfatcows

Songster
6 Years
Jan 26, 2015
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Little San Bernardino Mountains
My Coop
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I actually live in the desert, too, but I garden, so there's always something I can pull up.. Maybe you can find some bermuda somewhere? I bet we probably have a lot of the same weeds-just avoid creeping spurge. I have used erodium since it is almost always around. You could even use a small bedding plant from a garden center-maybe they'd let you carry off a few from the pathetic pile of half dead ones in a shopping cart at the back-the ones destined for the trash.
 

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