Double Checking on grit for chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by rustybeers, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. rustybeers

    rustybeers Out Of The Brooder

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    So I am brand new to owning chickens. I have done a ton of research so I knew what I was getting into and to ensure that my little guys have the best chance. I just want to double check that I don't need to be feeding grit in the brooder? The guy at the farm and ranch store I visited told I don't need it right away. When should I have this available to them? Thank you so much, I have spent a lot of time on this site it has been super helpful! So pumped to get my little guys.
     
  2. kimthom66

    kimthom66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am jumping in on this thread because I am curious about grit myself. I give my chicks (currently 1 - 2 mos old.) medicated starter crumble but want to give them treats but think I have to give them grit too? And how do you feed the grit, in a separate dish? Or in with their food? or just on the floor of the brooder?
     
  3. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    No grit is needed til you start feeding treats that they will need grit to grind up.
     
  4. kimthom66

    kimthom66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you give them the grit then and is there a list of what kind of treats I can give them?
     
  5. jshreck

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    As far as how to give it to chicks-- I usually sprinkle it on the floor of their brooder. The last batch of chicks I had, I made a dust bath in a little box with dirt from outside, the grit and meal worms. They loved scratching and pecking around in it and eventually moved on to dust bathing in it.

    I give them mealworms, grapes, raisins, lettuce, cornbread, and probably other stuff too but those are the favorites.
     
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  6. DuncansMom

    DuncansMom New Egg

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    Our chicks love French cut green beans. They go nuts over it.
     
  7. chickyfarm

    chickyfarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I am following this too as I have this exact question :)
     
  8. huntersmommy611

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    We have given our chicks some clumps of dirt from outside. They have been getting some grapes and carrots, but no grit. I guess I should start a "dust bowl"
     
  9. Judy

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