Chicks over eating on grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by goatkeepers, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a bag of the granit grit stuff for our three 4-week-old (tomorrow! [​IMG] ) chicks and everytime I put some free choice in their cage, they jsut keep eating! Is this normal? I sprinkled it over their regular food the first day, like the bag said to do and then tried to give it to them free choice the next day, but I had to take it out because they just go to town when it's in there! What should I do?
    Thanks guys.
    Nina
     
  2. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont use it but I wouldnt give more than a "dose a day".
     
  3. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

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    Grit is like Ice Cream and kids and should be treated like that sprinkle a little on their food once in a while- If you are using chick starter it isn't needed
     
  4. raindrop

    raindrop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hand feed mine some every day, then leave a little in the brooder on one of the boards I use to elevate the feeders. Mine do the same thing. "Hey, wow, stuff to peck at!!"

    I use it because I offer chopped green grass starting at 2 weeks old.
     
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    I also give greens and stuff to my chicks since they were about 2 weeks...so I put a little grit on the top of their food in the mornings and later in the day I put about 1/4 tsp on a plate with their greens for them to have fun with.
     
  6. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks! [​IMG] So eventually when they are grown and in their main coop where they have access to a little bit of pasture, then I should give it free choice?
     
  7. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    [​IMG] exactly. If they start getting greens and such, give them some in small amounts and do not leave it for free choice until they are foraging outside.
     

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