My grit looks so big!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by texas_chick, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased the chick starter kit from Meyer Hatchery.
    It comes with chick starter food, gro-gel, chick grit and electrolyte/vitamin powder.

    I am ready to use the gro-gel tomorrow when the chicks arrive (hopefully alive!).
    I already put the chick starter into the feeder and sprinkled some on the paper towel.

    I just don't know about the grit. The chick starter looks like processed crumbles with a few little bits of corn.
    The chick grit is way coarser than I imagined though!
    could it have gotten mixed up or are tiny baby chicks really going to eat those coarse rocks? Somehow I imagined it to be more like sand....
     
  2. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
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    I have never used chick grit![​IMG]?
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Feed the chicks the starter crumbles. They don't need grit at ths point.
     
  4. cheapcheap_jeepjeep

    cheapcheap_jeepjeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I use grit for chicks I use the grit you get at the store for finches and small pet birds. That be a bit better and smaller if you want to try it. Just imo.
     
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
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    Aren't there very fine grit particles in chick starter anyway? Mix a couple of spoonfuls with water; you should see tiny grey particles of grit once the crumble is liquefied and falls apart.
     
  6. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. I'll try the water test.
    Here's what it looks like out of the bag:

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  7. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is BIG! The chick grit I get locally is finely ground granite and its just as fine as sand. I add the grit to the food, but with grit so large you might just scatter some in the brooder and let them eat the particles they can.
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The chicks only need chick starter. With chick starter you don't need extra grit.

    They only need grit when they have been given something that doesn't break apart in water and needs to be ground up in their gizzard to digest.
     
  9. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay most of the starter stuff does dissolve in water although the little bits of dry corn of course don't dissolve.

    Does my starter feed look okay? Is that the kind they can eat without grit (other than the corn which I guess will just pass through)?
     

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