Is this grit too large for 6 week olds?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mommysongbird, May 26, 2011.

  1. Mommysongbird

    Mommysongbird Songster

    Mar 17, 2011
    Small Town, Virginia
    This is all that TSC had, and I haven't been able to find anything else anywhere else other than Oyster Shell



    Not sure how good you can see it in the pan
  2. urbanolive

    urbanolive Songster

    Aug 30, 2009
    They will pick out the tinier pieces in there, you can also mix in some corse sand. Mine are now eating the larger pieces of grit at 3 months old. They used to sell chick grit but it is impossible to find anymore around here so I went with sand and regular grit.
  3. laseterlass

    laseterlass Songster

    May 13, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    I gave ours black construction sand at 1 week old. They went crazy for it.
  4. cowmilker1958

    cowmilker1958 Hatching

    May 25, 2011
    Six week old chicks need chick starter, not grit. they are not old enough for that.
  5. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:Not necessarily true. I have 12 chicks that are 1.5 weeks old and are being raised by hens and they are eating everything their moms find for them in the run. They need grit. They have access to chick feed, but are also eating grass, weeds, bugs and other things.
  6. MarinMama

    MarinMama Songster

    Apr 15, 2011
    i crush the grit a little smaller to give to my 4 week old chicks and give it to them when they are getting treats other than chick starter.

    i used what i had around and found the priority mail envelopes the easier to use...put some grit in the smash with hammer. i then used 2 old yogurt cups i had and made a sieve out of one cup so the smaller pieces fall into the cup below and i feed the smaller pieces to the the size of course sand.

    i make the holes larger as the chicks get bigger so i can get bigger pieces.
    Last edited: May 26, 2011
  7. reddog1970

    reddog1970 In the Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Cape Cod
    I have been mixing about 75% starter feed with 25% grit since we got the chicks and they love it.
  8. teeville5

    teeville5 Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    When I first got grit for my group, I bought that kind as well. Then I noticed it said on the bag not to give it to chicks until they are at least 8 weeks old. I didn't want to give it to them because it looked too big as well so I went back to tsc. I spotted a bag of chick grit in a different area than the poultry grit which can be used for smaller/younger chicks so I got that for them. I also use sand in a dust bath that they peck at as well.

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