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Chicks eating their sand bath?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Moselle, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Moselle

    Moselle Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    I thought I'd give my 3-week-old chicks a treat and put some sand (mixed with a bit of DE) in their brooder and all they seem to do with it is eat it. Yuck. I thought I saw one of my chicks trying to give herself a sand bath in the pine bedding crumbs, which is why I put the sand in there to begin with.

    So, will it hurt them to eat the sand? I know it's natural for them to take in grit, but a tummy full of it seems a little excessive. Is it a waste to put it in there, or will they eventually get the hang of it?

  2. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    They eat it because they need grit to digest their food- if it's clean sand that's good!
  3. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Yep, totally agree with Banter [​IMG]
  4. sfisher

    sfisher Songster

    Jan 20, 2008
    Myrtle Beach
    I tried sand for grit when mine were 3 weeks, and thay ate it like they were starving. That much cant be good for them, or is it, do they know when to stop?
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I think they know when to stop. Else mine would all be dead with their access to a few tons of gravel. [​IMG]
  6. Moselle

    Moselle Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    Well, their sand bath is gone at any rate. I think I added too much DE to it, and it was causing so much dust in the house it was making us all choke. They'll just have to live without it until they move outside [​IMG] I gave them a couple dandylion flowers to play with to make it up to them [​IMG]

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