How much sand do chicks eat!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lablover, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. lablover

    lablover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2012
    I put sand in a container lid and gave it to my chicks, and they literally took mouthfuls! That worries me as I just assumed that they would peck at it and take a few pieces.
  2. Thats just what they do...
  3. StephanieH

    StephanieH Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2012
    Normal, especially when it's new.
  4. azygous

    azygous Flock Master

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Chicks are curious to sample EVERYTHING with their beaks. Just like infant children. I accidentally dropped a length of toilet paper in the brooder, and they attacked it, shredded it with great glee, and ate it. Normal.

    Don't worry about it. Just provide plenty of clean, fresh water. That will flush out their crops.

    A little yogurt every so often would help maintain a healthy condition inside their crops in case they overdo the sampling. A tiny bit of ACV in their water will also be good for them.

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