How old before grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Woodlit, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Woodlit

    Woodlit Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2009
    Kunkletown, PA
    My first flock (8) of chicks will be arriving Wednesday. I've done all the reading, and I have everything all set up. Brooder, heat lamp, thermometer, water and feed. The only little bit of info I couldn't find, was how long to wait before adding some sort of grit to their food. And if anybody has any suggestions on what type of grit to use. Thanks!
  2. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Humboldt County, CA
    As long as they're eating strictly the chick starter, I wouldn't worry about it. Once they get outside and start pecking around is when I'd start throwing some out there.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    IMO, they don't need grit until you start offering foods other than their chick starter. Think of grit as their false teeth. If you are offering foods that need "chewing" to break up, they need grit.
    I used plain parakeet grit for my chick's first grit, not the kind with added calcium. Worked just fine.
  4. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Add grit when you start feeding anything other them chicken feed, like treats.
  5. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Yes, as long as they are strictly eating chick starter they do not need grit. However if you are offering them treats in a couple of weeks, they will need grit. I don't know the brand name that I use. It is by the pet supply stuff for finches/parakeets and other birds. I can always find it at the local Wal-mart. I just sprinkle it on top of their food.

    As long as your birds has access to the ground (for sand/small rocks/pebbles) they don't need grit.
  6. Woodlit

    Woodlit Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2009
    Kunkletown, PA
    I figured when they go outside they won't need it, I just wasn't sure if they needed it with the starter feed. Thank you all very much :)

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