Granite Grit for Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wordgirl, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    We're putting the babies outside sometime this week, and I was wondering if it would be safe to give them granite grit yet. I've heard there's calcium in it, and that it's too big for baby chicks. Is it small enough for six-week-olds? And will it hurt them to give whatever calcium is in the big girl grit?

    One reason I'm wondering if we can switch to granite grit is because the pet bird grit we've been giving them, although it seems to be doing it's job, it seems as though they certainly go through quite a bit of it. How much grit should I be expecting them to use?

    Thanks!
     
  2. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    You can get chick grit, it's ground finer than grit for the big girls. They need it if eating anything other than crumbles. I think the ratio is 1:20 for the food but I just sprinkle it in the feed or on the ground.
     
  3. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Quote:Do you by any chance know if Mills Fleet Farm carries chick grit?
     
  4. joedie

    joedie Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I've never heard of them. I got mine at TSC.
     
  5. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Quote:Heh-heh. Silly me. I just Googled Mills Fleet Farm...they're only in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Sorry! [​IMG] I guess I was thinking everyone had Fleet Farms.
     
  6. wordgirl

    wordgirl One of the Shire-folk

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    Thanks for your help, joedie! I just wish we had a TSC closer to our house!
     

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