Need help with chick grit.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by TheBigWRanch, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm buying more grit for my baby chicks, and they only have one brand. It's new and it says it has oyster shells for added calcium. Will this be OK to give to chicks? I thought I had heard something about too much calcium being bad for chicks, but I can't remember now. Should I wait and find another brand?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Don't get anything with calcium for the chicks till they're at laying age. Just use parakeet grit or even coarse sand. Is this CHICK grit with calcium? Shouldn't have it in there.
     
  3. TheBigWRanch

    TheBigWRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, it is for finches.
     
  4. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Parakeet grit is the best IMO for the little peeps.
     
  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just use playsand for my chicks. I put a pan of loose dirt mixed with sand in the brooder and when they get used to it being there they play in it, dust bathe, and eat it for grit. Works great!
     
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

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    I just use play sand also and have had good results. Ya calcium is a no for baby peeps.

    bigzio
     
  7. Marc33

    Marc33 Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree about the playsand. It works great untill they are old enough to make the switch and they love to play in it.
     

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