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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bunch-a-chickens, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. bunch-a-chickens

    bunch-a-chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my onw chick is eating chick starter and with water it dissolves so does it really need grit?
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Yes, it still needs access to some type of grit.
     
  3. bunch-a-chickens

    bunch-a-chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    little rocks off of old shingles will work, will it not?
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I would be worried about the adhesives and chemicals on those type of rocks. Can you get a small box of bird grit like used for small birds?
     
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    Rebel Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They sell grit for chickens at feed stores.
     
  6. fdnick

    fdnick Master Chicken Hoarder

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    I give my babies parakeet grit :O)
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If your baby is only eating chick starter, it does not need grit.

    Jody
     
  8. earthnut

    earthnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shingles have toxic metals on them, don't use them. I use some sand I had that was meant for potting soil mixes.
     
  9. bunch-a-chickens

    bunch-a-chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks. but i'm kinda torn, some of you say i need no grit, and some of you say I do.

    water dissolves the feed, so I don't think it would have a problem absorbing it.
     
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    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    They don't need it per say (because I've raised chicks without it), but it is helpful in preparing their crops and allows them better absorption of nutrients. Wal-Mart has parakeet grit that will work, it's a fine clean sand. Play sand (the kind of sand you fill children's sandboxes with) will also work.
     

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