Chick grit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by chicken599, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. chicken599

    chicken599 New Egg

    Dec 2, 2015
    how should i give chicks grit and how often also how old should they be
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    You don't need to offer chick grit if they are only eating starter feed. But if you give them any treats then they need it. I just mixed some into their feed when I started giving them some dried mealie worms at 1-2 weeks old.

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  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    The above from sunflour is accurate.
    However, providing grit to chicks will help develop the gizzard and can still aid in grinding feed that has already been ground at the manufacturer.
    I never used to offer grit because I only fed starter feed. Then one day I decided to add another feeder with just chick grit in a pen of about 10 chicks. In very short order, they consumed a half quart of chick (#1 grit).

    If you offer grit, it should be lightly sprinkled on top of the feed the first couple days, then offered in a separate container.

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