My 9 week old chicks are scarffing grit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by whitehousechix, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. whitehousechix

    whitehousechix Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2011
    Western Oregon
    I put my 9 week old chicks out about 2 weeks ago, and they have just discovered the big girls grit, they are scarffing it down like crazy, should I take it away from them, so they get it in moderation, or just let them have at it?? there is maybe like 1 1/3 cup of grit there, between 11 chicks, they wouldn't confuse it for food would they??
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I doubt it. If they are eating it, they most likely need it. Chickens are smarter than we all think. [​IMG]
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    I've always had to introduce grit slowly. The little pigs seem to think it is the best treat ever at first. [​IMG] I worry about impacted crops, especially with larger grit.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I have found personally that for the first two weeks of life I do have to just sprinkle grit over the food otherwise they overindulge.

    But for 9 week olds, I wouldn't worry personally. The first four weeks of life, they need size #1 (chick grit), then 4-7 weeks size #2, and over 7 weeks size #3 (adult grit). For the actual measurements you can go to the cherrystone grit website and see pics...this is the brand my feed store sells and this is the info. on the chart on the bag.

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