should i give them grit??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Roooisin, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Roooisin

    Roooisin Out Of The Brooder

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    i was told that i should be giving my chickens grit if im giving them treats.. i have always given my hens grit but now i have a 2 week old chick and 3 five week old chicks.. i gave them some oats, potatoes and spaghetti over the last few days.. should they be getting grit or are they too you young?
     
  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought some chick grit. The directions said offer some at 2 weeks old.
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are giving them stuff for which they need "teeth" (most likely the oats, from your current list), then yes, I would offer chick grit. It sure won't hurt anything.
     
  4. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use a strainer to separate some of the smaller pieces of grit from the grit for adult chickens. It would keep you from having to buy one more thing.
     
  5. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    A bit of sandy soil with rocky bits can be placed in the brooder. You can use a shallow dish and they will eat and dustbathe in it. It prevents pasty butt too. [​IMG]
     
  6. chicshackmama

    chicshackmama Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to chickens but I was told to buy chick grit for my new chicks and it would help prevent pasting issues. I assume there is a difference between this and regular grit? It is pretty tiny and I sprinkle it over their feed. They love it! [​IMG]
     
  7. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    Quote:Chick grit is just ground smaller than regular grit. I choose to use rocky sand from my yard, it does the same thing. [​IMG]

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  8. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought the small bag of chick grit & mix a handful in with my chick start when I feed my girls. Because they are out in their run & I have been letting them out in the main yard & also getting treats, I want to make sure they have their grit.
     

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