If I get playsand for my chickens for a dust bath do I need grit too?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mountainchick5, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. mountainchick5

    mountainchick5 In the Brooder

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    I have a flock of 11 , 1/2 4wks and 1/2 6wks. I was going to get some playsand for their dust bath, and grit because they're going to start going in the garden and getting treats. I heard some people use playsand for grit. Should I get both or will playsand cover both areas? Thanks!
     
  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2009
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    The sand will be fine. They will pick up grit from the ground as soon as you let them out. I still provided a little grit while they were still in the brooder just to be sure(plus i was giving treats). Save your money. Good Luck
     
  3. mountainchick5

    mountainchick5 In the Brooder

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    Great! They're starting to get treats, so I wanted to be sure they had some form of grit and I'm glad I get to use the sand for both![​IMG]
     
  4. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I would get builders sand you can get it at lowes it is courser and it is cheaper than play sand... Builders sand is all I put in my breeding pens..

    Chris
     
  5. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

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    Great tip Chris. I'll check that out next time i go. I've been using play sand for small construction jobs. Didn't realize they had cheaper stuff.
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    ya its in the same area that the cement is ... Here in ohio it runs around 3.50 to 4.00 a 80lb bag and play sand runs about 6.00 to 8.00...

    Chris
     

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