do my 3 week old chicks need grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kcobbs, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. kcobbs

    kcobbs Out Of The Brooder

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    ve been taking out my baby chicks everyday there in a sand run and I have sand in their brooder box do they need chick grit?
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    For now it's probably ok but sand is too fine to function very well as grit and eventually they are going to need larger size chick grit, especially when they start eating anything besides their chick starter.
     
  3. kcobbs

    kcobbs Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you for taking the time out to answer my question I appreciate it.
     
  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Chicks fed commercial chick starter do not need grit. The feed itself is much too fine to be of any concern. Once they are older and may be fed whole grains, grit is a good idea. Chickens that have access to sand, gravel and the ground normally find all the the grit they need themselves. It is during long periods of winter confinement when they need grit to process any coarser feeds you may provide.

    Even Layer or Grower requires no added grit to digest.
     
  5. birdsrfun

    birdsrfun Out Of The Brooder

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    Took the words right out of my mouth Fred.
     

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