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Is there a substitute for baby grit? Help!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Anna_MN, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Anna_MN

    Anna_MN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered baby grit from the feed store and it got back ordered. So now I have 3 day old baby chicks that need baby grit asap! All the feed stores around here told me that I couldn't get baby grit for at least a week since no one is carrying it this time of year. I have oyster shells, sand, and red grit on hand right now. Is there anything else I can give them as a substitute for a week?
     
  2. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can get parakeet grit at walmart.
     
  3. Anna_MN

    Anna_MN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That will work for baby chicks?
     
  4. MadabtChickens

    MadabtChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't know chicks needed grit. [​IMG]
     
  5. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks that are only on starter feed do not need grit... Their food is water soluble so grit is not necessary until they are out in the grass or given other foods that will not dissolve in water. If your chicks are only getting starter food, they will be just fine without grit. Yes, parakeet grit should work since some put play sand in their brooders for this purpose.
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Why do they need grit "ASAP"?
    At 3 days old all they should be eating is chick starter in either mash or crumble form.

    Chris
     
  7. MadabtChickens

    MadabtChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought that was the case. Glad to be sure now.
     
  8. You're just being a good mother hen... :). I'm pretty sure any grit would do... They can pick through it and find the size they like.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Sand is fine as grit for tiny chicks.

    Make sure when you buy grit for other types of birds that it does not contain calcium.

    If they are only eating commercial starter and are not receiving treats and grass, they don't need grit. I always sprinkle starting at the third day over the food, since I like to do this. McMurray Hatchery website recommends this also. By two weeks of age, they can have a grit hopper and should not overindulge.
     
  10. Fuzz Fuzz

    Fuzz Fuzz Out Of The Brooder

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    I use pigiongrit for the little chicks, but i have to say i don't feed starterfeed.
    I feed a ground gain/seed mix i make myself. The grit is mixed trough the mix.
     

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