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Grit when how and how much?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Summerfaith2, Feb 9, 2015.

  1. Summerfaith2

    Summerfaith2 Just Hatched

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    Hi my first chicks are arriving on march 3rd and i need to know how, how much and when to start giving them grit as i know that my porch that they will be living in dose have some sneaky bugs that have found there way in thank you so much for your advice im so worried i could do something wrong that could hurt them.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    In a nutshell, insoluble grit is cheap and is best to provide some to all ages of birds regardless of if they can pick up their own while ranging. Most people don't offer grit to birds that are eating only poultry feed. But they can still benefit because it helps develop the gizzard.
    Poultry Grit #1 is the smallest with average size of 1/16”. It is best for turkeys age 1-5 days or chickens age 1-3 weeks
    Poultry Grit #2 averages 3/16”. Recommended for turkeys age 6-21 days and chickens age 4-6 weeks
    Poultry Grit #3 averages 5/16”. Recommended for turkeys age 3-8 weeks and chickens age 7+ weeks
    Poultry Grit #4 averages 3/8”. Recommended for turkeys age 8+ weeks
    When deciding between sizes for your birds, it is usually better to select a larger size than smaller.

    It is placed in a separate container or scattered in a prominent place on the soil.

    Here's more information
    http://www.tccmaterials.com/pdf/CSgritdata.pdf
     
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  3. Summerfaith2

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    Thank you for your help
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    C Canoe: Did you mean turkeys or chickens? I agree, grit is a good idea. But, be sure that your chicks are eating feed well before giving them grit.
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    The above schedule has the appropriate size for turkeys or chickens depending on age.

    I think first food and first grit are synchronous. That's how a hen would teach it.
     
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