I have disturbed the dirt

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by KDbeads, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    Sifted out the sand in the brooder today, well as much as I could get scraped up. Terrorized the chicks in the process and this is what they decided to do when I went to clean out the water bottle:

    (3.5 weeks old)

    and what happens nearly every time I refill/clean the water bottle, usually with a ton more attacking of the glass:
     
  2. Forest_Nymph

    Forest_Nymph Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very cute!
     
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you think that once you got the sand nice and clean and in place they were going to just sit back and be content. No way! I can clean my coop all day and even wash the disgusting windows and the next day it looks like I didn't do a thing!

    They are adorable!!![​IMG] Enjoy!
     
  4. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do your chicks eat the sand?
    is that bad?
     
  5. bwebb7

    bwebb7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes chicks will eat sand-it is OK- it helps food to get crushed in their crop
     
  6. mudpaw

    mudpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awwww...so cute. [​IMG] It's always so amazing to see instincts at work in young animals! Just think if you have a three year old a bathtub and soap....I find it highly unlikely he would wash himself if he's never seen it done before LOL. I wonder now if I should give my chicks access to sand to take a dust bath, they are just on pine shavings right now.
     
  7. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    I've had the chicks on sand since day one, though it was covered with paper towels until they scratched through them to get to the sand, took them about 5 days to do that. They eat it, its fine. I added a bowl of grit last week and it was totally gone in about an hour.

    I get sand for free from hubby's plant, it's waste frac sand. it's officially 'clean', precrushed and has already been ran through the sieves. It's either fines that they can't sell or a grade that's not a fast moving sale.

    If you haven't seen their first dust bath, this is right after I pulled up the paper towels:
     
  8. silkiechick05

    silkiechick05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so if you give them sand, do they need grit?
     
  9. KDbeads

    KDbeads Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2009
    East Central VA
    For young chicks, sand is grit but it's not enough as they get older, they need larger grit. I gave the 3.5 week olds some road base (granite, not limestone) for grit the other day, if they could swallow it, it was eaten. They are running around just fine and dandy [​IMG] I use the road base for the adults and pullets as well, I keep a plastic solo cup tied to the side of the coop and keep it almost full.
     
  10. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is 'Play Sand' they sell at the bog box stores the same? Do you think it would be 'clean' enough?
     

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