Grit/oyster shell for chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Shane17, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Shane17

    Shane17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am currently raising my first batch of chicks. I have 8 which are 6 days old. I was told by a coworker they needed grit/ oyster shells supplemented into there feed so they can digest after 3 days old. I feed them Dumor complete chick starter from Tractor supply. The back of the bag says that grit or other vitamins are NOT needed with this feed. Any advice or suggestions. thanks[​IMG]
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Oyster shell is a calcium supplement, for stong egg shells. It is only needed for hens that are laying.

    Grit is used in the gizzard to help grind up the food they eat. Usually small stones/pebbles. It is not needed if all your chicks are eating is the starter. If they are getting other foods(treats), then chick grit is a good idea.

    Oyster shells and grit is not interchangable.

    Imp
     
  3. Shane17

    Shane17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So once there outside and ranging around my property i should supplement??? thanks
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

     

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