Is this grit ok for my chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by senrabruk, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. senrabruk

    senrabruk Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    I just got this grit but I don't know if it is ok for my chicks here is what is in it:
    moterey sand, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, ground limestone, salt, cottonseed meal,
    deluorinated phosphate, cane molasses, mineral oil,iron sulfate, iron oxide, zinc oxide, magnesium oxide,
    manganous oxide, copper sulfate, copper carbonate, potassium iodine,vitamin a acetate, and d-activated animal sterol.

    Is it safe for them it was the only one I could find at ether of our feed stores that was not oster shell.
    Thanks,
    micah
     
  2. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The grit I got is just granite. Not sure about what you purchased, but you don't want anything with added calcium.
     
  3. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    That sounds more like some type of mineral supplement? What does the bag say? What is sold as grit for chickens or chicks is usually just crushed granite. Chick grit is smaller and often has a red color to attract them. You definitely do not want anything with added calcium for chicks.
     
  4. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    Georgia
    I had a problem finding grit too, so I went to Walmart and bought the bird grit from the pet section. If I remember right, it seems that the one I bought had a lot of the same ingredients. I also went outside and found a sanding area and got some from there.
     
  5. senrabruk

    senrabruk Out Of The Brooder

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    It just says "Bird Grit (fortifide)"on the bad.
    would sand be better my back yard is all sand?
    Thank you soo much for helping me!
     
  6. senrabruk

    senrabruk Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh and the grit is blue I don't know if thats helps?
     
  7. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
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    if you have sand i would probably feel safer using that.

    what i did with my chicks, i only gave them grit when i started giving them treats. i would sprinkle the sand on the treat and then put some in a pile next to it. they really only need grit when they are eating something other than there chick starter and as they get older.
     
  8. senrabruk

    senrabruk Out Of The Brooder

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    I just started feeding treats.
    I think I am going to go with sand.
    Thank you so much all of you!
    I love the help and people at byc! [​IMG] Every one is soo willing to help!
     

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