Substitute for grit for baby chicks...?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Des R, May 23, 2016.

  1. Des R

    Des R Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 week old chicks that I'd like to give occasional treats to and I know I need chick grit. My local feed store is out, so here are my choices... regular grit (which I believe will be too large), bird gravel (local petshop I called suggested that product) or just sand?

    Which is the best choice? I realize they don't NEED anything but their starter feed, but I'd like to give a few treats to help me bond with the chicks...

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

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    IF your yard has not been treated with any insecticides/herbicides, the absolute best thing you can do for them would be to dig a clump of sod, and toss it in the brooder, grass, roots and all. Your chicks will get: grit, minerals, insects and seeds, greens, first dust bath, bacteria and fungi to help jump start a healthy digestive system. The ideal time to start them on sod is within the first 2 weeks when their built in immune system is at it's strongest. But sooner, better than later! Enjoy the party that they'll have with it!!!

    Take a trowel out into your driveway and scoop up some gravel. They'll pick and choose for the correct size of grit for their needs.
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2016
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    volley ball areas in parks or playground areas should have what you need

    or check the free stuff section of craiglist.. they often have free dirt, sand, gravels available
     

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