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To grit or not to grit

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by honey hill farm, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. honey hill farm

    honey hill farm New Egg

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    Hi all, I'm new to BYC and a new chicken mom. Got 4 two and a half week olds but plan to add two more...I've read conflicting ideas about introducing chick grit but I'd like to add some fun to their chick feed diet so know I need grit. Add a small bowl or sprinkle in feed to start?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Chicken feed is water soluble. In other words, the gizzard is not required to break it down. So no grit is needed. However if you add foods that are not water soluble such as seeds, grains, veggies, etc...grit will be needed.

    What I usually do for chicks and this helps to break up boredom as well is put in a small low box in the brooder and put in chick starter, dried leaves, alfalfa leaves, sand, tiny seeds, etc...This gives them something to do and they can get their grit all at the same time. I don't like to sprinkle the food with grit if they don't need it. I let them decide how much grit they need.

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    Enjoy your new babies and we do welcome you to our flock!
     
  3. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I always provide my chicks with grit, but I feed fermented whole grain feed. If you feed commercial feed than it's probably not necessary to provide grit, but to be on the safe side I would put out a little cupful just in case.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  6. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    X2 on Two Crows's advice. Grit is necessary when your chicks are eating foods besides their chick feed. Grit helps break up food in the gizzard. Without it, things can get blocked.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Glad you joined the BYC flock, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.[​IMG]
     
  8. honey hill farm

    honey hill farm New Egg

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    Thanks everyone for your welcoming responses!
     
  9. RIR-YELLOWLEGS

    RIR-YELLOWLEGS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC and i agree with 2crows advice the chicks only need grit if you are feeding something not easily broken down it their bodies.
     
  10. nj2wv

    nj2wv Chillin' With My Peeps

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