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Grit! ......when, how, and how much?.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by coop-er, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chicks are 2 weeks old tomorrow...I have begun giving them very SMALL amounts of treats 1-2x weekly( hard boiled eggs, mashed strawberries) I am thinking I need to incorporate a little grit in their diet now. I bought the chick grit at TSC ..... Now what? How much? Throw some on the brooder floor? Mix in with feed? Thanks again folks... Appreciate the input
     
  2. Summerlove

    Summerlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put it in a separate bowl/ dish they will eat it when they need it :)
     
  3. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! Just wasn't sure about that one.....
     
  4. aggiemae

    aggiemae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed my baby chicks buttermilk every few days and an occasional egg yoke and don't think they need grit with soft foods. You do need to give them "chick grit" the grit for adult chickens is too large.

    Even though they probably get all the grit they need from forging, I usually mix the grit in with what ever else I give my laying hens. Grit and eggs are their favorite treat.
     
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  5. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far the only treat they really love is hard boiled egg-they are only 2wks old and still in brooder so they are not foraging yet. I did buy the chick grit so I guess I can just put a dish of that in there and they will eat it if they need it?
     
  6. chickenfinch

    chickenfinch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have fed my chicks sand in a separate container. They LOVE it! If they are foraging, they should get enough (as said by aggiemae) but I fed it anyway. Good luck!
     
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    I gave grit in a little container and was startled by how much they ate the first day. I refilled it and they barely touched it after that. I'm sure they load their little gizzards and then don't need more until either those first rocks wear enough to pass through or they get larger and need bigger rocks. I used granite driveway gravel and a colander to shake free only the small bits for my young chicks -- I'm sure the same could be done with boxed grit.
     
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  8. coop-er

    coop-er Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow- never ceases to amaze me how much I learn on this website
     
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  9. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    The 1st 2 days of life, the chick feeds off its own egg sack. Chick grit during ths time helps it digest the egg sack.
    Plus water of course. So, yes, you can feed chick grit from hatch day on.
    Best,
    Karen in western PA, USA
     
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  10. Erickajoy

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    I like that colander idea with the grit- that way you know they're not getting too large of pieces.
     

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