Gave chicks first real snacks today...now I have a question.....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by csummer8882, May 16, 2011.

  1. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cut up and mashed some cantaloupe seeds and meat for them this morning. They ate it up like crazy! Do I have to give them grit now? Thanks! They are almost 6 weeks old.
     
  2. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they aren't outside getting natural grit, u need to provide it when giving treats. Normally only eggs or yogurt don't require grit...pretty much everything else does. Construction sade at Home Depot is what we use. Like $4 for 60 lb bag. Hope that helps! [​IMG]
     
  3. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No they aren't outside. It's been rainy and chilly here, like 65 degrees during the day so they haven't been out in almost a week. Thank you! Until I can get to Home Depot, can I just put a bit of outside dirt in there with them?
     
  4. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes! Try to pull a nice clump up and put in there for them. It will also provide them with something fun to do! [​IMG]
     
  5. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With grass as well or no grass?
     
  6. swampcat

    swampcat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They won't care if it has grass or not, but they might find the grass more interesting. Also throw some sticks in there for them to perch one [​IMG]
     
  7. earnhardtlvr

    earnhardtlvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just b careful that the grass isn't real long. I think I read something about chicks getting long grass stuck in their crop. I always tear the grass up when I give it to them...but I'm overly protective. [​IMG]
     
  8. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK! Thank you! Heading outside now! [​IMG]
     
  9. csummer8882

    csummer8882 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, gave them a good sized chunk of outside dirt with a teeny bit of grass in it. They are fighting over it still! LOL Guess they liked it! [​IMG] Thank you all so much!
     
  10. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may depend on the dirt in your yard whether or not this is an effective way to provide grit. The dirt in my yard is hard packed and clay-like so I provided chick grit (you can get a small bag at the feed store) when they were young and when they got treats.
     

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