Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Woodchick, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Woodchick

    Woodchick Out Of The Brooder

    At what age can you give chicks grit. I have four day old chicks in a box and they are picking at the floor. I'm afraid they are bored.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You can buy smaller chick grit, but they really don't need it if they are only eating chick feed. If you have started a treat that needs grit for grinding, you still wouldn't want them eating much of it either the grit or treat. One thing you can do is spread some of the feed on the floor. Another is put a clump of sod in there.

    What they are doing is foraging, looking for food, instinctive for them This is one reason it's a good idea to take them outdoors for brief outings as soon as you dare. Meanwhile, a large brooder with things to jump on and peck at helps some.
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  3. Woodchick

    Woodchick Out Of The Brooder

    Thank you Flockwatcher, I think I will add a clump of sod and some little blocks of wood for them to roost on.
  4. LilMissChz

    LilMissChz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2012
    North East, Maryland
    Thank you over here as well. I was checking back to hear the answer to this question as well. Good answer. Plus we are having beautiful weather in Maryland, so my little peeps will be able to spend a little time out doors.
  5. wayne hulgan

    wayne hulgan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2011
    me too. we got some sand from a creek nearby and just gave that to our chicks. they loved it. If you don't have a creek nearby, just get some construction sand from a building supply strore. DO NOT USE PLAY SAND. Lowe's and Home Depot sell this in plastic bags. Just get some dirt from your yard if you can't find anything else.
  6. Woodchick

    Woodchick Out Of The Brooder

    So to make my chicks life more interesting I took some suggestions from flockwatcher, I added some roosts, put in a clump of sod and added another room to their brooder. I think they really like it![​IMG]
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