Grit, or no Grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Fluffy-Butt-Farms, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Fluffy-Butt-Farms

    Fluffy-Butt-Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, depending on who I've asked, it's either, yes give them grit it helps their guts, or "I've raised hundreds of chickens and they dont need no grit (feed store owner who refuses to carry it).

    To clear my consious(Sp?), I went to tractor supply and got chick grit to sprinkle on their medicated food.

    any thoughts?
     
  2. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
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    As long as the only thing you're feeding is chick starter, then you do not need any grit.


    Anything else, give them some grit! [​IMG]
     
  3. danab

    danab Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you still need to feed grit if they have free range in a big backyard, all day long?
     
  4. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
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    Quote:Depending on your backyard and landscaping, they should be able to find their own grit. We have a crushed granite driveway so I'll never have to worry about grit [​IMG]
     
  5. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    I've always gone with grit, even though mine have access to plenty of dirt. I figure why not have it available just in case they want it. I buy a little bag at TSC and it will last 4-5 months or longer. With as little as it costs to provide, I figure why not.
     
  6. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always give my chicks chick grit and when they get older they have access to chicken grit and crushed oyster shell. Yes they do need it. If they eat anything fiberous (grass,pumpkin flesh, spinach,scratch, oats, sunflower seeds etc) they will need the grit to digest the food.

    I would also find another feed store.
     
  7. pseudoyams

    pseudoyams Out Of The Brooder

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    I dont mean to highjack, but on the same note: I bought my chix some meal and wax worms. Should I get some grit before I feed these to them?

    -Rob
     
  8. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    Quote:yes, the grit helps them grind this type of food so they can properly digest it
     
  9. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I throw my chicks scratch out in their run in the mornings and once a week or so I'll toss some grit out with it. I figure if they need it they'll eat it.
     
  10. microbiomom

    microbiomom Out Of The Brooder

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    I put parakeet grit out for them to eat. Does it have too much calcium or are they not likely to consume a detrimental quantity?
    thanks
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