- Dec 17, 2019
I have noticed that my 2 week old baby chicks eat a lot of sand. is this normal?
Im guessing that most free range chicks with their moms do the same?Some chicks don’t know the difference between sand and food. You could try putting a towel over the sand for a couple days or more. That might teach them that their food is what they should mostly be eating.
I’d say don’t worry about it unless they are eating the same amount of sand as they are food, or more. Some sand/grit is good for them.
I believe most mother hens will teach their chicks not to eat too much sand and show them what to eat and what not to eat. Chicks usually peck at things to explore, if they are “gobbling” up the sand then the mother would probably stop them.Im guessing that most free range chicks with their moms do the same?