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Do my chicks need grits?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Smileygem, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Smileygem

    Smileygem In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2016
    I have 2 four week old chicks who are currently living inside with about an hour in a run on the grass a day allowing them to meet my older hen. They're on chick crumbs with the odd meal worm etc. Do they need grits as well?ive heard people on here talk of chick grit but I can't find anywhere that sells it. If I give them normal grit will they just pick out the small bits they need and leave the bigger bits and the soluble grits which I think are harmful for them?

  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

    Mar 5, 2007
    I have never used it on chicks or for that matter for my larger birds.
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Songster

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    starter will be just fine

    there's no need to feed them any grit

    you can start when they are 8 weeks or so as you switched over to grower feed (if available)

    but if they are free ranging.. there's no reason to feed grit..

    personally.. don't waste your money on grits or oyster shell if your chickens do not need them

    i know people care alot about their chickens.. but stay within budget don't buy things that they don't really need
  4. Smileygem

    Smileygem In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2016
    Thanks, I won't worry about it then! Now to just keep on slowly introducing them to my hen.
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Birds just eating starter feed don't have to have grit, but it is a good idea. By 4 or 5 weeks, they're ready for #2 grit and adult (#3) grit by about 8-10 weeks. Grit helps to develop the gizzard. Grit is cheap and best to provide.
    I think the reason most don't carry chick grit is because it is only fed a short period of time and isn't essential if one is only feeding starter feed. (the grains are already ground)
  6. Pendragonz

    Pendragonz Chirping

    Oct 10, 2015
    I've got a bunch of chicks that are 17 days old. I've had them for about 2 weeks, and started giving them chick grit about a week ago. The reason being was that I was starting to feed them dandelions, and plantain. Then I have given them some spinach and cabbage leaves as well. So if your birds are eating more than the chick starter, give them grit.

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