Talk to me about chick grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by konachicks, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. konachicks

    konachicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have starter chick feed and chick grit. Do I mix them? How much and how do I incorporate it into their feed? Thanks in advance, y'all are such a wealth of knowledge[​IMG]
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If all you're feeding is chick feed, you shouldn't need grit at all. But as you're gonna be tempted to give them treats (just like the rest of us), having a dish of chick grit out "free choice" is a good idea. I also mixed a bunch in to the dust bath tub I made for mine (I swear, they spend all their time in their scratching and pecking).
     
  3. konachicks

    konachicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haha @HighStreetCoop ya I'm sure I'll be spoiling them rotten and giving treats! So just a small dish alone will be ok? That's super easy! Thanks!
     
  4. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep. I have it in a medium size ramekin. They pick at it, but mostly I think they're picking it out of the dirt bath.
     
  5. konachicks

    konachicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haha! That was going to be my next question. What size of a dust bath do chicks need and what do you put in it? Dirt? Lol I'm new to this obviously
     
  6. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm using an 8 qrt rubber feed bowl. It has a mix of dirt from yard, chicken grit, some wood ash from the fire pit, and a little DE. It's about 1/4 full.
     
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  7. Wxguru

    Wxguru Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use chick feed and no grit....but tonight for my 6 chicks I gave them a single boiled egg and sprinkled grit in the bowl with the egg. I had a runt that wasn't doing to hot and decided to give them one egg so they could get the extra protein...and I believe it has worked. Pepped up quite a bit! [​IMG] I just hope they consumed some of the grit
     
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  8. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With just boiled egg, they don't require the grit. It won't hurt them to have some, but you don't have to worry if some ate egg but not grit. I like to give finely chopped boiled or scrambled egg to my babies for an energy boost too.
     
  9. konachicks

    konachicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol when we first got them home a bit ago we took them into my fenced off old garden area and they made their own dust bath lol
     
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