Do I need grit for this?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by enggass, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey All,
    My chicks are just past 4 weeks old. My wife got some grapes today and I would love to offer some as a treat.
    So far they have had no treats. Just starter feed. Would it be ok for me to give them a few this evening even though they have not had any grit yet?
    If so, should I cut them up first? How small?
    Any advice appreciated...
    Thanks,
    Steve
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2010
  2. drunkdog

    drunkdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not sure ..I read here that sand in the coop or run would be grit in practice so even though we give treats we have a sand floor and have put no grit out yet ..ill watch the replies here incase im wrong [​IMG]
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Any time you feed something other than commercial feed, yoghurt, or chopped up boiled egg, you should provide grit (of some type). I use construction (all purpose) sand... not play sand. The former has various sizes of little bits of granite, pebbles, etc.

    I don't give treats the first 2 weeks. After that, I do. For chicks, cut the grapes in halves or quarters.
     
  4. Hope119

    Hope119 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do they need grit if they are free ranging and have access to all sort of rocks, big and tiny? I bought grit, but have not opened it yet - I think the bag said 8 weeks on it and ours are a bit younger.
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    We don't have to supplement the natural world's supply of "grit" items for freely ranging birds. Unless yours are only ranging on tennis courts or something! *teasing*
     
  6. Organics North

    Organics North Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is my opinion:
    Free ranging or not I ALWAYS offer a quality granite grit to my birds young and old from week 1 on I have a grit available. It's their teeth and it is cheap.

    This way I do not need to worry or think about it. [​IMG]
    ON
     
  7. goldenchic

    goldenchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use to offer my chicks bird grit in a bowl but was then told i didnt need to as there run has a sand floor and there dustbaths are filled with sand and they will help their self to what they wanted
     
  8. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I offer chick grit even though there is some sand in the run. It makes me feel better and that alone is worth it. [​IMG]
     

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