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How much grit to feed chicks?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Stella1964, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told to provide my chicks (now 4.5 weeks old) with some grit. I have done this, in a separate bowl, and they seem to eat a lot of it. How much grit is too much for chicks? Will they stop consuming it if they have enough? How do they know?
     
  2. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Indiana
    I only give a bit to mine after they have been eating plants and bugs in the yard all day. I read to sprinkle it on their food lightly like salt. If they just eat chick feed they dont need it as far as I know.
     
  3. 12 Acres

    12 Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They stop when they get what they need. Try not to worry about it. [​IMG]
     
  4. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:Are you referring to regular GRITS ? AS IN BREAKFAST HOT CEREAL ?

    If so , I am also assuming you throw this out to them RAW ?
     
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2008
  5. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    GRit:

    Grit is important for any chickens fed scratch or allowed to range freely . Chickens don't have teeth, and they store little rocks in their "crop", which is where food goes before it enters their stomach. The rocks allow them to break down their food.


    Normally crushed granite.
     
  6. Stella1964

    Stella1964 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Are you referring to regular GRITS ? AS IN BREAKFAST HOT CEREAL ?

    If so , I am also assuming you throw this out to them RAW ?

    That's a very cute question! [​IMG] But no, it's not cereal. It's actually very small stones.
     

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