sand okay as chick grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by NuthatchKnollChickens, May 17, 2009.

  1. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    Ithaca, NY
    My local TSC is no longer carrying chick grit for some reason, and my Agway never did. I'd like to start giving my chicks some greens for treats and entertainment... do you think I could just give them some play sand or should I see if I can order some chick grit? As long as the sand is fine enough, I thought it might be an acceptable substitute. Any important consideration I'm missing here?
  2. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2008
    First of all, if you are feeding chick starter crumbles, you do not need grit. Greens do not make grit necessary either, so until you begin feeding really hard, whole grains (corn, sorghum, hard millet, or something similar), you won't need to worry about grit. Good luck!
  3. NuthatchKnollChickens

    NuthatchKnollChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 23, 2008
    Ithaca, NY
    Huh -- I had read on this board that once you started giving them anything other than crumbles you should give grit.

    If I were to give grit... what do you think abut substituting small grain sand for purchased "chick grit"?
  4. zippy11455

    zippy11455 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    Agway in Ithaca has chick grit. I just bought some there last week. I have 2 EE (purchased as day old chicks from Agway) that are now 8 wks old. They seem to think the grit is candy. The rest of mine pretty much ignore the chick grit.
  5. Turtle

    Turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2009
    I gave my chicks sand and small creek gravel and they are doing great and I do treat them to scratch once or twice a week. Havent had a problem and I have been doing that for well over a month
  6. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    I too have been wondering if sand is considered "grit" for chickens. We have lots of beach sand near us. I wonder if the salt in it would effect the chickens.[​IMG]
  7. annek

    annek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    I have heard of people giving parakeet grit also. I don't think I would use beach sand if salty. Maybe rinsed off and dried?
  8. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    If you can look at pet stores for can only get a little box though....
  9. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Mason WV
    Sand is grit but beach sand & play sand is very fine. It would probably still do the job but they would have to pass more of it. Try to find cores sand from gravel yard or creek.

    I'm not sure on the beach sand it my have to much salt.
  10. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a sand pit for the birds to dust bath in, and I'm always seeing one eating a few bites. My oldest are 10 weeks, and youngest about 4 weeks. They have grit, but seem to like the sand as well. So I don't think it would hurt them at all.

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