How Much Grit to Give Chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kasey, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Kasey

    Kasey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much grit should I be giving to my chicks?

    They are mostly on the medicated crumbles but I give them just a few mealworms or some other little treat in the afternoons. Should I just leave the grit in the pen all the time or just put it down for a little while when I'm out there with them.

    Also, every now and they I will see one slurp down a tiny piece of shavings. Is this ok?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. vf1123

    vf1123 New Egg

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    I usually don't give much grit at all but I do have gravel around. So it's up to you.
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None, ever.
     
  4. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If chicks are eating anything other then a chick starter crumble they have to have grit...period. Same holds true for older birds.

    To OP I just put the grit on a paper plate and let them pick a bit, usually about 10-15 minutes then take it up, especailly the first few times over time I leave it in there..by the time they are 3-4 weeks old.
     
  5. Kasey

    Kasey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you katiebug that's kind of what I was thinking I just wanted to here it from someone who's knows more than I do.

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  6. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Give them a little or you can give them a lot. In the end they will only consume what they need or require. I do like to give two day old chicks grit on a shingle or on a peace of cardboard. It gives them pecking practice, encourages them to explore their world and I get a kick watching two day old chicks trying to scratch. For adult fowl I like to feed it free choice in a Vienna Sausage can wired to the pen just above the roost. One can can last years and years unless it's spilled. Don't forget to punch a hole or two in the bottom so the can won't hold water.
    PS: I feed oyster shell the same way.
     
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