Just got our chicks today. Are we forgetting anything?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jdix, May 15, 2010.

  1. jdix

    jdix In the Brooder

    May 11, 2010
    We just picked up 4 1 week old mixed Buckeye and Rhode Island Red chicks. They also gave us some chick feed they make themselves. I got them home and set up their feeder and waterer, got the temp honed in as close as I could, then built a roost and put pine shavings down then I realized I was running way late for work. On the ride home I realized I didn't have any grit for them. How could I forget grit? Since we wanted to give them some worms we needed some grit. All I have that sounds like grit is tube sand. The stuff for weight you put in your car or truck. Its a mixture of different small sized sands and pebbles. Has anyone ever used this before? It seems like it should be fine. Am I forgetting anything else? They loved the worms. It took a second for them to catch on but once they did watch out. Looks like 1 has pasty butt but I'm cleaning that up right now. Anything else I'm forgetting?
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Get em a small plastic bowl and fill it with dirt - they will ove it to dust bathe in and they will peck at it too
  3. lovinlife

    lovinlife Songster

    I'd wait a bit on the worms. Just stick to chick starter until they're a bit older. Otherwise, sounds like you're doing a fine job. I never gave mine grit, mainly because I stuck to chick starter and the only other food I gave them was scrambled eggs. They're outside now and eat plenty of dirt, so i don't provide extra grit.

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