Sand for Chick Grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by High Mountain Chic, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. High Mountain Chic

    High Mountain Chic In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2009
    Leadville Colorado
    I can't seem to find chick grit! i want to give my chicks some treats to make them happy! I read that some people use sand as chick grit... any suggestions on this? Thanks!

  2. aberfitch

    aberfitch Songster

    Mar 24, 2008
    Texas Fort Worth
    yes that works
  3. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I've been using a parakeet grit for my chicks and for my button quail, seems to work well, it's very fine and was cheap, less than a couple bucks for a small box that has lasted forever.

  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    If you have a Tractor Supply Store in your area, that is where I bought my chick grit. When I couldn't fine it I took a hammer and smashed up some regular grit or pigeon grit which is granite grit.
    A chicken's food goes, as is, into the crop, where it is slowly funneled into a very small " stomach" for some digestive additives--then to the Gizzard, where it is 'chewed', that is, ground into material that can be digested as it moves into the intestines and so on. The Gizzard is best able to break down whole grains and other chunky bits that they eat when full of grit. Longest lasting grit is Granite that lasts well. All other rock and stone is so much softer, that it wears down fast and that is why granite grit is best choice, works really well for best utilization of feeds. My baby chicks are given free choice and they choose it with pleasure, baby grit is fine Granite, as soon as they are given anything besides Starter Crumbles. Their tiny gizzards are at optimum function at an early age.

  5. duckidaho

    duckidaho In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    I had a similar if we're giving them chick feed we don't need to worry about grit? Or do we? We've got some that are 10 days old, but most are less than a week. I've seen different things different places. Thanks, Russ
  6. duckidaho

    duckidaho In the Brooder

    Jan 30, 2009
    I also gave them some lettuce and celery leftover from making dinner. Is that O.K. without grit?
  7. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    If you give them anything other than chick feed,boiled grated egg or yogurt you will need chick grit. Really chicks less than one month old do not need the other stuff just lots of love and attention. Jean

  8. kitchwitch

    kitchwitch Songster

    Feb 3, 2009
    Greensburg, Pa
    my chicks get sand and they love it. eat it like it's going out of style.
    DBF tests sand so we have an abundance of it, and it saves us a few dollars until they need "real" grit.

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