grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by riley, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. riley

    riley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    when should you or should start using grit in with your chick starter feed
     
  2. Nemo

    Nemo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard as long as you are only giving them feed, they don't need grit. But, when you start giving them other foods and treats, they will need grit.
     
  3. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I start at 4 days old giving them a little parakeet grit that you buy in the store. but I do not give every day. 1 tsp to every 10 teaspoons of feed
     
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard as long as you are only giving them feed, they don't need grit. But, when you start giving them other foods and treats, they will need grit.

    That is also my understanding of chicks and grit. Most chick starters come with grit already in them and they don't need additional grit.​
     
  5. Hiedi

    Hiedi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree with this as well. When I started feeding treats to my chicks and letting them outside where they were eating all kinds of stuff, that is when I started giving them "insoluble" grit (crushed granite) in with their food. I bought mine from Tractor Supply Co. I got the grit that is designed specifically for chicks (smaller size). The bag tells how much to mix in their food; but honestly, I just sprinkled a little on their food. Make sure you do not give them oyster shell, which is soluble. The chicks do not need extra calcium now. Once my pullets reached a certain age, I switched to regular size grit for chickens.

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp...02|16201|48678?listingPage=true&Special=false
     
  6. skeeter

    skeeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no you probally dont need to give it, check the bag,but it wont hurt them either
     
  7. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    You do not need to give them grit at all, unless you are giving them food other than chick starter feed. There are some treats you can give that you do not need to provide grit with, as well, such as yogurt. [​IMG]
     
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Parakeet grit has calcium added. I wouldn't use much of it with chicks. I can't find chick size grit at any feed store so I just use sand. A bag of granite based handy sand is only something like $5 for 50lbs from the hardware store. I also use it for my button quail since the parakeet grit is usually really expensive for a rather small box or bag.
     
  9. MissJames

    MissJames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have been using sand also.When I asked for grit at my local feed store they looked stumped......didn't know what DE was ,either.Guess I'll just have to pay shipping cost.Darn horse people:D
     
  10. chickabator

    chickabator Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2007
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    you know I never read the ingrediants on the parakeet grit that is what I was advised to give them at 4 days old. I guess I won't be using that anymore
     

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