grit for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by warriorchick, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. warriorchick

    warriorchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi- I know a few people have already asked about grit, but I couldn't find the answer to this on the other threads. I was wondering- when chicks are little (mine are 2 weeks) is it okay to use dirt as grit? I put some dirt in their pen and it had ants in it- they went wild! Should I go get some sand or are they okay with the chick starter and the dirt?
    Thanks a bunch!
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Chick starter already has grit in it. No need to add any more.
     
  3. Rickelpickel

    Rickelpickel Out Of The Brooder

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    wow I didn't know it already had grit in it I've been adding grit since day one . 10 to 1 Feed to grit. :|
     
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I never add extra grit as long as the chicks are only eating chick starter.

    Jody
     
  5. SillyChick

    SillyChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, their food should have grit. If you need more grit as they grow old, you can let them outside and they will eat small rocks. You can also crush small rocks into smaller pieces with a hammer.

    LOL on the ants! [​IMG] Chicks are indeed very fun to have!

    Good luck!
     
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  6. Rickelpickel

    Rickelpickel Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't hurt them by giving them grit w/ their starter did I? I wont mix it in with starter anymore... They seem fine. 17 chicks are eating an entire mason jar of food a day.... [​IMG]
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I don't think it will hurt them, although I've heard that some chicks may consume too much and not eat enough feed which they need for nutrition.

    Jody
     
  8. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks SillyChick for putting my mind at ease about my rock eating hen. Glad to know its normal and ok. I guess small pieces of shell are ok too as there's a lot of that in my driveway.
     
  9. warriorchick

    warriorchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the posts! So, is the little bin of dirt okay in their pen? I don't thing they are eating it- now that they finished off the ants they are just enjoying laying in it so I figured they are eating their food like they should...
     

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