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how old for grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by joannamarie, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. joannamarie

    joannamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old do chicks need to be for grit the mother hen is with her chicks so all i can feed her is chick crumbs.
    how old do they need to be for proper grit.
    someone on here suggested play sand but to be carefull if it has been bleached, it says on the packets cleaned dousnt say if bleached or not.
    i want to add some grain when chicks are 3 weeks the hen allways seems hungary being fed chick crumbs.
     
  2. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The mom may be hungry because she is trying to make up for being broody for three weeks. Be sure food is avialable for her and the chicks 24/7. Some people feed starter to all their birds, chicks and adults, so mom will be fine without any additional food. The chicks don't need the grain because it will dilute their protein consumption.

    If you toss mom and chicks some treats every now and then, washed/cleaned play sand will be fine for grit. If they are going outside with mom, they will pick up grit from the ground.
     
  3. joannamarie

    joannamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she was eating as much as she allways did when she went broody as i was allways putting food and water near her. the house and run that they are in is on the soil, and she does take them outside so do you think that that is ok without the sand for grit.
    i put a grape in there for her yesterday as she was begging at me for food she went wild for it then chicks went wild picked the grape up and went of running with other chick and hen in tow.
    it was quite funny, i dont think the chicks got any of it before the hen got it back.
    what sort of treats are ok for chicks they are 9 days old.
     
  4. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry to barge in to your thread but im interested in the answer to your question also. I bought a bag of play sand from homedepot last weekend...how does one give it to the birds? Do I just spread it in their feed or throw it on the ground? I have 8 weekers and 4 weekers...can they all have it? How much?

    thanks
     
  5. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi, my one week olds take grit. just be sure to offer in very small amounts-they will LOVE it. You can sprinkle on food or on the floor.
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  6. joannamarie

    joannamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    fowlweatherfriends, the grit i have for my hens has stones and quite large bits of shells does it need to be crushed.
    the 2 chicks are 9 days old.
    i wouldnt want to put any extra treats in but the mother hen is allways hungary trying to fill up on just chick crumbs.
    what treats are safe for 9 day old chicks?
     
  7. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No, that grit is too big for the babies right now. Is it a combination of grit and oyster shell ? If so, do not feed it to the chicks at all. The oyster shell is calcium and the chicks do not need it until they start laying.
     
  8. joannamarie

    joannamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    allen,should i just keep mother hen on chick crumbs then, its just that she seems that she cant fill up on them seems allways hungary
     
  9. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Do you keep the food available 24/7 for the mom and chicks ?

    If they are on dirt, they are picking up grit from the ground.
     
  10. pattycake

    pattycake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a little sack of surprisingly coarse grit with my Meyer Hatchery "starter kit." I've been offering it to them since they were a week old, but it wasn't until today, at 3 weeks after a day spent scratching and playing in their new coop that they seemed to pay it much attention. When I took them back to their brooder for the night, they surrounded the dish of grit like it was a treat! THey must have eaten a lot of straw and grass and bugs and needed the grit -- kind of like my dad needs alka seltzer after a barbecue! [​IMG]
     

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