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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by greghost, Mar 23, 2017.
Is it too early to put in a hunk of grass and dirt in brooder at 4 weeks??
I don't know if its too early but my chickens love it.
I think if you provide them with grit, it's fine. The only concerns would be a.) don't let treats replace their pellet diet and b.) make sure the grass hasn't been treated by any chemicals.
My chicks loooooove live meal worms!
Can do this at birth! no problem!
They will get the grit from the sod. Put it upside down. Best to start this before 2 weeks for the immune system benefit it provides, but you can do so at any age.
Dirt is not grit...They need bigger pieces of pebbles and rock for their gizzard....Buy a bag of granite grit....
that depends on where you live.
I give mine grit as soon as I put them on bedding like shavings, straw, etc. When mama raises them they start pecking around at dirt and tiny rocks as soon as she takes them outside (around day 3). IMO 4 weeks is a bit late! I prefer early exposure to the soil.
Once it becomes grit size its no longer dirt. Dirt generally means soil, not sand, small gravel, etc.
I start putting grass clumps in the brooder when the chicks are a couple days old. I also give them a dish of granite grit.