do you put chick grit in your brooder box ?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gavinandallison, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Songster

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
  2. FMAFarms

    FMAFarms Songster

    Feb 20, 2011
    Rural Michigan
    Most chick starters already have chick grit as part of the mix. If you're using a commercially bought chick starter, like DuMor or Purina, you don't need chick grit until the chicks are about 8 weeks old. If you're going to let them forage around, though, some chick grit wouldn't be bad. Just make sure it's for chicks (tinier pieces) than for full-sized birds!
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    Yes, after about the 4th or 5th day. I use parakeet grit.
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    No need if all you're going to use is milled feed such as chick starter. It's already finely ground so does not need grit.

    I only give my chicks grit if I'm going to feed them something that I'd need to chew with my teeth if I were going to eat it. Chick starter is essentially dry mush.
  5. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Songster

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    thank you. Our babies are 5 weeks old and do eat the Purnia starter - I told the DH this morning I think it is time to start them.
  6. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Songster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
    I put a cake pan full of course construction sand in the brooder. They love it even if they do not "need" it yet. They appear to thouroughly enjoy scratching around and even dust bathing in it. Less than $3 for a 50lb bag.

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