eating sand

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by yfchoice, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. yfchoice

    yfchoice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2008
    Sandy, Utah
    My almost 3 week old chicks moved into their new brooder today. You'd thought they were released from prison.....running and flapping everywhere. I put a bowl of play sand in and they started eating it in addition to playing in it. They ignored their food until I took the sand out. Then they realized their food again.

    Any danger of them eating too much sand if I put it back in?
  2. rockabilly7

    rockabilly7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    Florida panhandle
    do you offer them grit??? If no that might be why they're eating sand.
  3. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    That sounds normal to me. Lots of BYCers offer sand to dust bathe in. Probably good you took it out though, if they were ignoring their real food. Sand is like grit so they can eat treats in addition to their chick starter. Isn't it so cute when they run around and jump and flap their little wings??!! [​IMG]
  4. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 17, 2008
    Coastal SC
    Quote:I have given mine play sand as grit,with no ill effects,but I also give it with a treat.I hang a head of cabbage or give them some yogurt or earthworms.Their starter feed doesn't require grit,but the treats do. Just put a small amount in a bowl or saucer .Mine were a little bit older when I added treats.

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