treats and grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mcdaid36, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. mcdaid36

    mcdaid36 Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Putnam County, NY
    I understand that when you start giving treats to you have to start giving grit, but is the grit only to break up hard objects, or for something else? If I start with giving them "runny"treats, like applesauce or yogurt, do I still have to give grit? Thanks a bunch!
  2. havi

    havi [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Si

    Mar 23, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    Chickens don't have teeth, and they store little rocks(grit) in their "crop", which is where food goes before it enters their stomach. The rocks allow them to break down their food. I'm new to the whole chicken business, but I would give them grit anytime you give them treats.
  3. mcdaid36

    mcdaid36 Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Putnam County, NY
    That much I do understand, but there is really nothing to "break down" with yogurt. You wouldn't chew it. So that's my confusion. But maybe I should give the grit just to be safe.
  4. kbarrett

    kbarrett Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
    I haven't started giving treats yet, however from what I understand there is grit in the chick feed [​IMG] I was under the impression grit grinds up the food in the crop so I get what you're saying with "soft" food. My 14 are just over a week old I took them off papertowels yesterday and gave some crumbled bread w/ olive oil because I was paranoid with them eating the shavings. They seem fine and aren't chowing down on the bedding anymore.
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Grit is necessary once they are outside or having greens, grains and such. The yogurt and applesauce I would not worry about it. [​IMG]
  6. Texas Fluffy Feet

    Texas Fluffy Feet Songster

    Feb 20, 2008
    Arlington, TX
    The first treat I ever gave my chicks was yogurt mixed with their chick starter. The chick starter already has what they need including grit and the yogurt is just a little something extra. I'm not sure my chicks would go for the straight "runny" stuff without something with more texture mixed in. They wipe their little beaks like mad as it is with the mix. [​IMG]

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