Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ingrid42, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. ingrid42

    ingrid42 Out Of The Brooder

    May 18, 2007
    My chicks are 8 weeks old. How much sand should I be giving them? I do give them corn, lettuce, strawberries and broccoli along with their feed.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    If possible, just make them a little sand a cake pan....depending on thier size.
  3. doodledo

    doodledo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    WHat the sand for?
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    The sand is grit that they use to help them digest food. Starter feed has some grit in it, but if feeding things other than starter, like treats, then they should have access to grit. I do what Justusnak mentioned, I put of pan of dirt and/or sand in the brooder from early on.
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    ...I prefer the proper finegrade grit sold at petstores for birds or doves/pigeons instead of sand ... too much sand can cause crop problems for the occasional bird that pigs out on it and for older birds it is too fine and may cause gizzard impaction.

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