Shavings and grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dlaciv12, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. dlaciv12

    dlaciv12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just pulled out the newspapers that were covering the pine shavings and they all seem to be pecking away at it. Are they eating it, I can't tell. If they are eating it do they need grit to digest it?
    Thanks!
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    If you are using regular large flake pine shavings and not sawdust, I wouldn't worry. They don't seem to ingest enough to cause any problems as a rule.
    Picking things up in their beak is akin to a human baby putting everything in their mouth. It's how they figure out what's food and what's not.
     

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