Grit needed for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bryan99705, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I started my chicks much earlier this year to help prevent loss to attacking ravens but a interesting question popped up. At what age should grit be made available for young birds?
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    Historic lit : veteran breeders counsel to provide chicks with fine chick grit from day one. I do this. However, there are other modern BYC folk who disagree.
    "Chickens for Dummies ", 2011, Page 302
    In the old days, there was not chick starter specialist feed, so grit needed to be supplied to the chicks. See Page 302. I suppy it anyway, if they want it.

    Last edited: Mar 18, 2013
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    How are you feeding the chicks? The purpose of grit is to grind up food in their gizzard that needs to be ground up. If they don’t need to grind up anything, they don’t need grit.

    If all they eat is chicken feed, they do not need grit. It’s already been ground up enough for them. Even the pellets and crumble has been ground up enough for them. But if they eat pretty much anything else they should have grit.

    If you feed them yogurt, no, they don’t need to grind that up in their gizzard. But if they get grains, greens, or about anything else, they need grit to grind it up.

    For what it's worth, I give then dirt on day 2 or 3 in the brooder so they have grit whether they need it or not, just in case a hard-shelled bug wanders in the brooder.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2013
  4. LillianMae

    LillianMae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2013
    do they need grit for worms?!

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