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Do they need grit if they go outside?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sasham, May 18, 2017.

  1. Sasham

    Sasham Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 7, 2014
    image.jpeg We have some 5-6 week old chicks. Almost fully feathered and we are finally having some warme weather so I'm going to put them outside for the day. If they have access to bugs and grass should they also have access to grit?
  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Professional in training Premium Member

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    I would think they would be able to find their own grit if they were free ranging...but if you are keeping them in the cage on the grass like this pic I personally would add some.
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  3. BYC910

    BYC910 Overrun With Chickens

    If they are able to scratch in dirt they will get all they need .On grass a little in their feeder is plenty just be sure to watch them . Hot sun can get them to hot quick .
    ronott1 likes this.
  4. prez6

    prez6 Just Hatched

    Nov 10, 2016
    I think they should be able find pebbles in the grass. And if you have a gravel drive way it's even better.
  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 7, 2012
    If you have thick sod, they may not get the grit they need. I take a shovel full of gravel from my drive way. It has plenty of varied size stones for them.
  6. Kyanite

    Kyanite Loving Life! Premium Member

    May 27, 2016
    SE Idaho
    I always provide a little for them just to be safe. I don't know if they're able to find/get what they need when they are still in a strictly controlled outside setting like the dog crate. That's the same way I start getting mine outside too.

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