Chicks can I feed this oyster shell type help

4milefarm

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4 day old chicks picked up today. The books suggest giving grit , but tractor supply only has this brand which is oyster plus calcium and it’s pullet sized grit way too big for chicks. Can I grind it down near powered size and it be safe? Or should I find a different brand somewhere else? And is the plus calcium an issue?
 

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4 day old chicks picked up today. The books suggest giving grit , but tractor supply only has this brand which is oyster plus calcium and it’s pullet sized grit way too big for chicks. Can I grind it down near powered size and it be safe? Or should I find a different brand somewhere else? And is the plus calcium an issue?
Absolutely not. Oyster shell may be sold by some unethical comapnies as grit but it is not grit and cannot serve as grit. Giving oyster shell to chicks can be harmful to their kidneys. Oyster shell is for hens or pullets that are laying.

Go to a pet store and get some parakeet grit.
 

4milefarm

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Absolutely not. Oyster shell may be sold by some unethical comapnies as grit but it is not grit and cannot serve as grit. Giving oyster shell to chicks can be harmful to their kidneys. Oyster shell is for hens or pullets that are laying.

Go to a pet store and get some parakeet grit.
Thanks for the reply
 

4milefarm

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Absolutely not. Oyster shell may be sold by some unethical comapnies as grit but it is not grit and cannot serve as grit. Giving oyster shell to chicks can be harmful to their kidneys. Oyster shell is for hens or pullets that are laying.

Go to a pet store and get some parakeet grit.

Do they even need grit at 4 days old? I keep reading so much conflicting info. They are on chick starter food and kept indoors in a brooder
 

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If you are only feeding chick starter, you do not need grit. I never buy grit. You can just go with a pan of dirt. Gives them something to play in, introduces naturally occurring bacteria, fungi, plus offers some grit.
 

4milefarm

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As long as all they are getting is chick starter or grower, they do not need grit. If you start giving them treats, they should have grit.
Thanks so much I’m a nervous mama here with these sweet little new babies
 

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