Leah and peeps

Songster
10 Years
Jun 28, 2009
463
1
144
Canada
Can i use budgie gravel as the grit for my chickens that are coming next week? There going to be deliverd as day olds so when do i need to start giving them grit/gravel? How much should i give them? Thanks in advance!
 

Chicks&Chihuahuas

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 5, 2010
88
1
39
Tulsa, OK
As soon as mine are a few weeks old I start giving them "treats" which of course means they will need grit. The first treat I give them is organic stone ground corn grits (dry). For the grit I just take the granite grit I give to the big girls and grind it a bit to make it smaller for them. I use my "Magic Bullet" (love that darn thing) and pulse it a few times to make it an easier size for them to eat. Seems to work just fine. HTH...
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
259
341
Ontario, Canada
They don't need grit until/unless they start eating whole grains or grasses or kitchen scraps or free-ranging or that sort of thing. Commercial chicken feed (mash, crumbles, pelleted) mushes up in their tummies and does not require the 'grinding' action of grit.

Once they DO need grit, you can use budgie grit if you want but all it is is clean *sand*, so really if you have a source of clean coarse sand that is likely to be a much much cheaper option
As they get bigger they need bigger particles of course.

Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

Leah and peeps

Songster
10 Years
Jun 28, 2009
463
1
144
Canada
I just bought some budgie gravel that has oyster shell and flacked charcol.. is the flaked charocal ok for them to have? and so they dont really need it until they are maybe 3 weeks old? (correct me if im wrong)
Im going to give them watermelon to hydrate them when i pick them up from the feed store, its about a 30 min. drive home... they wouldnt need any grit for that right?
 

Liana

Songster
10 Years
Mar 9, 2009
110
0
109
Southern NH
You want to stay away from oyster shell or any other calcium supplement until much later when they start to lay. Too much calcium is unhealthy for chicks.
 

Leah and peeps

Songster
10 Years
Jun 28, 2009
463
1
144
Canada
ok thanks
... so can i save this type till they are about 18 weeks and are going to be around the time their going to start to lay? ill buy a grit withoiut anyoyster shell for now then and what about the Charcol??
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
12,520
259
341
Ontario, Canada
the charcoal is entirely harmless.

Note that by the time they are old enough to be getting calcium, they will be too big for budgie grit to do them much good anyhow as it is so small


Good luck, have fun,

Pat
 

tammyd57

Songster
9 Years
Feb 12, 2010
1,108
13
151
Central Valley, California
No, they don't need grit for watermelon. Rule of thumb: If you can eat it without much chewing, they don't need grit for it. Cooked eggs, watermelon, yogurt, oatmeal, that type of thing.
 

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