Too Much Grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mliga, Apr 10, 2008.

  1. mliga

    mliga Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone!

    Can chicks eat too much grit? I put a pan of grit in the brooder for the chicks to scratch around in and I was worried that they were eating too much of it. Is that possible? The chicks are 3 days old.

    I plan on giving them a few greens this weekend and I knew that they needed grit, and it was also very entertaining for them.

    Thanks
    Michelle
     
  2. stilwellchick

    stilwellchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they can pig out on it and get impacted crops. If the are going to eat something other than chick feed, just sprinkle a small bit on their food just as you would salt your own food. Otherwise everything they need is in the chick starter. Have fun with your chickies, they grow up fast!
     
  3. mliga

    mliga Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, thanks for answering my question. We put a pan of grit in with the chicks, it was in there about an hour. Do you think they have a risk of impacted crop and if they do how do we treat it?

    Thanks
    Michelle
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I think they'll be fine. An hour is not long. When my chicks free range with mother hen or are out side running around... they have free access to a few tons of gravel used for the drive way and turn around from the house to garage.
     

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