Chicks and grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by tadthewad, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. tadthewad

    tadthewad Hatching

    Apr 3, 2016
    Aberdeen Washington
    I have had my chicks for a few weeks now and have not given them any grit. What type should I get them? Also, I'm planning on using sand in the run. Will this be fine for grit when they are finally outside?
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Songster

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    They don't need grit until you give them something other than feed. There is a grit size especially for chicks, the grit I used said "chick grit" on the bag (as opposed to "poultry grit" for adult chickens).

    I don't use sand in the run or coop but I would think that would work the same as bagged grit unless it was very fine. Maybe someone more knowledgeable will chime in.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Sand is not grit...well, it's gritty but.....
    Digestive grit is granite, very hard, flat sided.

    You can probably buy regular poultry grit and sift it down to smaller size for chicks.
    I get chick grit at the feed mill, they'll sell me a handful for about nothing.

    Here's a chart with sizes:
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  4. tadthewad

    tadthewad Hatching

    Apr 3, 2016
    Aberdeen Washington
    Thanks for the advice I have chick grit and they are using it now that they are out in a run eating grass.

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