Grit question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sdaikus, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. sdaikus

    sdaikus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My little ones are 5 weeks now. I think I'm actually a little late on giving them treats it seems [​IMG] I bought them dried mealworms that I'm going to just scatter lightly in their bedding. I've researched about grit and I can't seem to find a clear answer.. It seems like more of a prefrence, but I'd love everyone opinion.

    1. Do I need to give them grit if all they are getting is dried meal worms?

    2. How do I give them the grit? Mix in food.. Scatter it with the bedding.. Ect?

    3. What kind/size do I use for 5 week olds? Can I use sand or should I buy a size at this age?

    THANKS [​IMG]
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Treats are not necessary, but if you do wish to give them treats then grit is a good idea. A sod of turf with soil will be fine. I free range my flock and chicks are outside with mum from day 2-3 - the soil they peck etc ensures that they have grit in their crops ( as well as exposing them to what's outside already).

    Ct
     
  3. sdaikus

    sdaikus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just want to make I understand.. Sorry for my stupidity. By "sod of turf" basically I can just dig up a small little thing of grass.. Throw it in the brooder and that's perfect for them? @CTKen
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    No stupidity at all! And yep, you got it right - throw it in and they will enjoy it! I am at fault for not being clear.

    Best wishes

    Ct
     
  5. sdaikus

    sdaikus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're always so helpful. Thanks!! @CTKen
     
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It's what we do - help each other :thumbsup
     
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  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    It's not appeared yet, but I will respond :)

    Chris

    Sorry, should have had my glasses on ! :)
     
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  9. sdaikus

    sdaikus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @3riverschick

    That post was extremely helpful. Thank you very much.
     

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