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Grit Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by emsdial911, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. I went to the local farm store and got some poultry grit and it looks kind of large. My chicks are 9 days old. I will start to put them out for a little while a few times a week. Just wondering how big the grit should be for chicks. I could possably grind it up if it needs to be smaller.
     
  2. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chirping

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    Grit should be very small for chicks, There is a starter grit available but hard to find. Do not use stuff like parakeet grit the added calcium is not good for chicks. If they are only on starter food they don't need it. When free ranging they will find their own. If you give grain or treats they will need the grit. Starter grit stones are about 1/16" round-roughly...
     
  3. Thanks, they have been catching moths that fly into the brooder so I figured it would be safer if they had some. I'll either grind some up or maybe find smaller peices at the bottom of the bag.
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Songster

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    I have tiny bantams, so when they were chicks I ground some grit up for them with a mortar and pestle.
     

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