do i need grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ufgrad98, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. ufgrad98

    ufgrad98 Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    My chicks are 5 weeks old and i have just let them outside into their coop and run. i do not feed them anything other than the chick starter food, however, the run that they are in is made of of red clay soil and mulch. do i need to give them grit??
  2. Player Hater

    Player Hater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2010
    they will usually find their own grit if they are outside
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    It certainly can't hurt throw a little chick grit out into the run for them.

    If they are ONLY eating the chick starter, they would not need any grit.

    But being outside they'll eat grass and such, so they'll need something to grind it all up.

    They will scratch up little rock pieces and eat it as grit, but it'll make you feel a whole lot better to throw out some chick grit for them as well.

  4. ufgrad98

    ufgrad98 Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    okay--next question is where do I buy grit?
  5. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Old debate on here. Some soils provide a lot more really hard rock pieces of the size they need than others. Grit is only a few bucks a bag and it takes my flock of 20 or so nearly a year to go through one, so I prefer to play it safe. But some who have kept chickens for years do not.
  6. camocoop

    camocoop New Egg

    Jun 1, 2011
    any place that sells feed for chickens should have grit, i got mine at a farm store
  7. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Your feed store should carry grit. If you scratch around in the red clay soil and can't find little sharp pieces of stone, then I would definitely give them some grit.
  8. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have week-old chicks and they keep trying to catch flies in the brooder. Should they have grit at this age? What is best to give them for that?

    I should add that none of the feed stores here sell chick or chicken grit. I guess they figure everyone has their chickens out on dirt or something. They do sell plain oyster shell but I think chicks aren't supposed to have that.
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2011
  9. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    South Carolina
    You can use construction sand if you can't find chick grit. Don't use parakeet/pet bird grit as it has too much calcium for chicks.
  10. ufgrad98

    ufgrad98 Out Of The Brooder

    May 8, 2011
    i just called a feed store and they told me that i did not need to give my chicks extra grit because the chick start n grow food already contains grit. So, is this true??

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