Should I be giving my chicks grit?

fushalilly

Songster
11 Years
Mar 9, 2008
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Rhode Island
Should I be feeding them grit along with their chick starter, or is the grit already in the chick starter...? They are 2 weeks old.
 

tvtaber

Songster
12 Years
Aug 2, 2007
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2
141
Central CA
There is plenty of grit in the chick starter; it is a complete food. However, if you are giving anything else such as cornmeal or egg yolk, etc, you need to supply extra grit.

Enjoy!
 

cgmccary

Songster
12 Years
Sep 14, 2007
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NE Alabama
At about 2 weeks of age, I put quartz "playbox sand" in the bottom of the brooder with some pine shavings on top. The chicks dig down & eat some and this serves as my chicks first grit.

The grit you buy for chickens is "granite grit." Granite is an igneous rock with the primary mineral (and the hardest mineral & what defines it as a granite) being "quartz." Quartz is what gives granite its resistant properties and makes it a good grit for chickens.

Qurtz sand is small enough to serve as grit for chicks.
 

coffeemama

Barista Queen
11 Years
Mar 5, 2008
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Oregono
Just so you know, playsand can have some pretty nasty stuff in it like asbestiform tremolite and/or crystalline silica. This stuff is carcinogenic, and can be bad if inhaled, so I'm guessing it's not great for little chicks. If you're concerned (which I know not everyone will be), just read the label and make sure this stuff isn't in it.
 

Daniart

In the Brooder
12 Years
Jun 20, 2007
11
1
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Minnesota
The owner at our supply store suggested I had super fine grit to my starter feed to help w/ our baby chicks pasting up. I've been adding it & haven't had any more problems. They range from 1 - 3 wks old.
 

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