Chicks and Grit--Normal Behavior? Update to add: They're OK!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BearSwampChick, May 1, 2008.

  1. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Is it normal for 2 week old chicks to act like they are starved for grit? I gave a scrambled egg treat to them this morning and a little later gave them grit in a jar lid. I've filled it 3 times and they act like they can't get enough. Fighting over it even. [​IMG]
     
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  2. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    Not even sure if they need grit just yet? Do they have grower crumble? Are they mistaking for food?
     
  3. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    They're on grower/starter and have plenty of food in their feeders. I think I read somewhere that they won't eat it unless they need it. Don't see how they could need that much!
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I think your chicks have confused grit for food. Stop now and take away the grit. The chicks are babies. They can't tell what they need and don't need at this stage.

    Everything they need is in their commercial starter feed.

    At two weeks they are still learning what food is. They don't really need treats. If you give them something other than feed sprinkle some of their crumbles over it. If you must offer treats at this age do so in very small quantities and in moderation.

    If you see any bloody poop or problems in the chicks you will know it is from ingesting too much grit.
     
  5. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Well, that was a really moronic thing for me to do! Thank goodness I dodged a bullet and everyone seems to be okay. No bloody poop or anything. I'll never do something like that again--well, let's just say I'll try. I never know when my brain might go on vacation and leave me in charge!

    MissPrissy, I deserved the lecture! [​IMG] Please don't hold it against me! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Susan
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    We all make mistakes. This one was fairly harmless. Maybe someone else will learn from reading this thread. [​IMG]
     
  7. MiniDriver

    MiniDriver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Like me for example. I thought "Oh cripes, was I supposed to give them grit already?"
     
  8. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    When I bought my first babies at the feed store I was told I had to feed grit right away. Then I read on here that was wrong. Also they told me to put sugar in the water for the first 2 months! Has anyone heard this before? Now with my second batch of babies I feel a little more informed! Thanks to all of you!![​IMG]
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Sugar water is a laxative. That would have been a long and sad 2 months. [​IMG]
     
  10. thechickenchick

    thechickenchick Born city, Living country

    Mar 8, 2008
    Eaton, Colorado
    OMG!!! My poor babies! I did it for a couple of days. Then when I couldn't find anything on here about it, I quit! Why on earth would they tell me that!!?? BearSwampChick...see you are not the only one!![​IMG]
     

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