Grit for chicks: How much is enough?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by CollegiateChicken, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. CollegiateChicken

    CollegiateChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been offering my month old chicks grit (sand and a bit of dirt)and they love the stuff. But how much is enough, and how much is too much? I don't know if they could get problems from eating too much, but I don't want to find out the hard way. [​IMG]
     
  2. Edexter

    Edexter Out Of The Brooder

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    I would like to know as well!

    "Subscribing" [​IMG]
     
  3. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    I was under the impression that they eat what they need.
     
  4. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sprinkle it on as if you were putting salt on your own food. Chick starter does contain grit already. [​IMG]
     
  5. crazygoatlady915

    crazygoatlady915 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to know too!
     
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    If you're going to put it directly in their feed then just sprinkle it on like you were salting food as the previous poster said.

    If you're going to serve it on the side then just put a small, easy to access, container in somewhere and let them have it free choice. In the beginning they'll eat a lot, but that will settle down and they'll just eat a little once in a while when they need it.
     
  7. homesteadinmama

    homesteadinmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old do they have to be to have grit?
     
  8. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    It's all a matter of what you feed them.

    If you are using finely milled feed they don't ever need grit any more than a person who never eats anything but mush needs teeth.

    Once you begin to give them feed that you yourself would need to use your teeth to eat they're going to need grit.

    For new chicks they shouldn't be getting anything but chick starter for at least a week.

    After that you can offer treats in limited amounts and you may want to offer grit then.
     
  9. Merryment

    Merryment Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine in one of those bunny feeders with a mesh bottom & hang it from the wire mesh of the run. The pullets come up and take what they instinctively need. If it rains, the water drains out through the mesh, as does the finer dust. As they grow, I move the grit feeder up. Works fine.
     
  10. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't ever given mine grit, but they are usually outside by 4 weeks old, so probably they find what they need in the dirt.
     

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