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What size grit for Banty's?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chicky85254, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember reading that sand was fine as chicks, will it be fine as adults as well? Right now they have a large container of playground sand with DE mixed in it to bathe in that I figured they use for grit as well.
     
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the extra fine grit which is tiny pieces of ground up granite. Sand i think would be fine for a grown chicken
     
  3. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Sand or no larger than the #2 grower size works fine for my japs.
     
  4. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

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    How bout a little Parakeet grit?
     
  5. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pullet size grit with my bantams and seramas.
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Any poultry grit they sell at feed store it just fine. You can also use compactable sand (it's sand and small rock) in your run. Helps keep you run cleaner, dryer, and easier to clean. Plus all fowl will naturally eat the size grit that is appropriate.
     
  7. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Not just any grit will work for all bantams. I got some standard grit and the pieces are bigger than their beaks. There's no way they can use those. You need the size for young standards or smaller.

    Parakeet grit works but generally comes in a tiny box that lasts grown bantams about 2 days. It worked fine for chicks for a week. Parakeet grit also has calcium mixed in which wouldn't be as good for chicks. Sand works fine for cheaper. A few $ a 50lb bag.
     
  8. Chicky85254

    Chicky85254 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, the large container of playground sand mixed with some DE for them to bathe in, should work as grit too? They seem to be doing just fine, just want to be sure I shouldn't be offering something with bigger pieces?
     
  9. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the chick grit for my adult banties.
     

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