Grit question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickmama320, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. chickmama320

    chickmama320 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that I don't need to feed the babies grit until they start getting treats (like when they are only eating the started crumbles). However, we have gone outside the last two days and they were pecking around while we were out there. Should I have started them with some grit when I first took them out?
     
  2. Crazy_For_Chickens

    Crazy_For_Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want you can buy grit especially for chicks. If they were pecking on the ground then I would start feeding them grit because if they swallow a rock that is too big for there throat then they could choke and you would end up with one less chick than you barganed for.
     
  3. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    How old are they? When I take mine out I put a little grit in a bowl for them and leave them be. When they are older I show them the gravel drive way.
     
  4. KristenF87

    KristenF87 Out Of The Brooder

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    So chick starter feed doesn't have grit in it?
    I have 1.5 week olds and I would really like to give them treats... is it okay to give them regular chicken grit or do they need special chick grit? Do feed stores sell special chick grit?

    Thanks!
     
  5. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would wait till they at least 2.5 weeks old. When you give them treat you can get grit from Wal Mart and buy grit of parkeets and such.
     
  6. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    Most feed stores do sell chick grit (usually called starter grit). If you can't find starter grit some people use canary grit or parakeet grit, just make sure it doesn't say "with calcium" because those ones are part calcium supplement and the chicks can't have calcium in large amounts yet. I use starter grit and my chicks can't get enough. When I put down the feeder and the grit they go for the grit first and then the feeder. I've been giving them grit since they were 6 days old and at 8 days I was giving them the buds from the tops of heads of broccoli (the house bun got the rest [​IMG] ). Now they get all sorts of small treats at 2 weeks old.
     
  7. natalie1136

    natalie1136 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We always mix ground corn and grit with the chick starter from day one. It seems to help them not get pasty butt an gets there gizzard started,.

    Natalie
     
  8. chickmama320

    chickmama320 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are about 2wks
     
  9. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I got the grit with calcium will this hurt my babes they are only about a week old. Ive only given it to them once
    Sorry to steal your topic , but im freakin now.
     
  10. firedove

    firedove Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2008
    Fitzwilliam NH
    As I understand it chicks don't have the ability to process calcium properly. I think I read that it will cause damage to their kidneys. It was another couple threads on BYC within the last 3 weeks or so that brought up the question of grit.
     

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