Sand eatting chicks..

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Big dreams, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday was so nice that I took my 6 week old chicks out for some fun in the sun and grass for the first time, they were funny, didn't move for quite some time. [​IMG] Anyhow I decided to put a container of sand out for them to bathe in but they just ate it, is that going to be a problem? It doesn't seem to be yet but just wondering if I should watch for anything in particular. Thanks in advance..
     
  2. HobokenChickenEmergency

    HobokenChickenEmergency Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Instinct, maybe? Practicing for when they're old enough to need pebbles for digestion?
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Birds naturally eat sand and small pebbles for their gizzards to help grind up their food.

    They shouldn't eat too much of it.

    Matt
     
  4. txchickie

    txchickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand is grit for chicks. Let them at it! [​IMG]
     
  5. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sweet, thank you for the info, I was a little concerend they might be overdoing it. Sounds like they are smarter then I think. [​IMG]
     
  6. flopshot

    flopshot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine are pecking at the mortar joints in the 'brooder' and they've discovered the pine shavings under the paper towells. funny to watch them scratching and bathing in the chips.
     

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