How Much Grit to Give Chicks

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

  1. Kasey

    Kasey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2013
    Waco, TX
    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?

  2. vf1123

    vf1123 New Egg

    Feb 24, 2013
    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

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    None, ever.
  4. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2010
    Holts Summit, MO
    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 the time they are 3-4 weeks old.
  5. Kasey

    Kasey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 10, 2013
    Waco, TX
    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

    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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