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Chick Grit Confusion

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CitySilkies88, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. CitySilkies88

    CitySilkies88 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I realized today that the parakeet grit I bought the other day has calcium in it. So I went to the feed and hardware store to buy sand for the chicks. Both men at the feed store insisted that I do not need grit or sand for my chicks. Both raise chickens and currently have chicks in brooders and neither have never used grit in their brooders.

    I went over to the hardware store and asked about sand I could use. And the guy who helped me out there also insisted that I do not need grit in my brooder.

    Everyone here has me in such a panic that my chicks will die without it.

    WTH do I do?

    I feel like I have over researched to be honest.
     
  2. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your chicks are eating only chick mash or starter feed then no. They also don't need grit if you feed them stuff like scrambled eggs, yogurt, banana, stuff that breaks down easily. I don't not give mine grit yet. I have had no problems. Once they go to the coop and are able to eat other thing harder to digest then yes probably a good idea, or if they are allowed to free range around the yard.
     
  3. harbisgirl

    harbisgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad you posted this - I'm picking up my chicks today and I was all set to pick up some grit since I forgot to buy it when I got my starter feed. Guess I don't need to worry about it for awhile :)
     
  4. klcabe

    klcabe Out Of The Brooder

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    It doesn't hurt to mix it in with their chick starter feed, though, right? Should I even bother?
     
  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Starter feed has grit in it. It's an all in one feed specifically for chicks and all they need.
     
  6. DcSmile06

    DcSmile06 Out Of The Brooder

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    You mentioned scrambled eggs...what about boiled eggs. I wanted to try with my month old chicks as a treat and a "getting to know you" type offering. Mine currently are only on starter feed. I wanted to give them a tomato every once in a while or lettuce. Not sure if they need grit with that too.
     
  7. 3LilBirds

    3LilBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't see why not. Just mash it up a little. Just don't give them raw egg. Some believe it teaches them to eat their own eggs.
     
  8. LilMissChz

    LilMissChz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You don't need grit with starter feed. However, mine still love to fluff, roll and play in it. In addition it seems to be a fun snack for them. I've had no problems with pasty butt or loose stools. Just seemed natural to give my peeps sand. I just did it cuz. Not because I had to.
     
  9. mkcolls

    mkcolls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The starter feed that we have used from multiple sources do not have grit added. Is this specific to a certain brand of starter feed?
     
  10. DcSmile06

    DcSmile06 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just gave mine a slice of tomato...wanted to see how they would do before a whole tomato. They took a sec to try it then it was on. One got a good size chunk of it and was just gonna sneak off and eat it. Well, the others noticed it and ran after it. They ran around the brooder for forever. LOL It looked like Nascar in there [​IMG]. They LOVED it. Guess Ill be giving them tomatoes from here out every so often.[​IMG]
     

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