When do I introduce grit to chicks????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by moonlyghtegirl, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. moonlyghtegirl

    moonlyghtegirl Songster

    Feb 16, 2009
    I have read different times grit should be introduced to chicks. Mine are week old Buff Orps (not that it makes any difference - just sharing....).


  2. Dar

    Dar Crowing

    Jul 31, 2008
    are they going to be free range birds or in a coop where they cannot get access to small stones?...

    I had my gals in the basement in a pen till they were old enough to go outside (abt 10 weeks) then they were outside free ranging i have never offered grit ...but thats cause they get they need from the ground and let me say they dont have any problems eating they are lil piggies
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  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    You can offer grit once the chicks start eating foods other than their chick starter.
  4. birdsofparadise

    birdsofparadise Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    North Kohala, Hawaii
    I mix a little (1 cup to a gallon of food) in with my chick starter. They donʻt need it for the mash, but it makes the change to free ranging much easier on them.
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  5. lisahaschickens

    lisahaschickens Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Vancouver, WA
    I am raising my first chicks from McMurray right now and they sell an "Organic Chick Starter Kit" which comes with "chick grit" and they tell you to start sprinkling it over the top of their food once daily starting at three days old. I have been doing this and my babies are doing just fine.

    It is supposed to stimulate gizzard development, but make sure to use special "chick grit" or "baby grit," which is ground up smaller than grown-up grit. They definitely need it if you feed them treats other than chick starter/crumbles.
  6. TXmom

    TXmom Songster

    I feed Parakeet grit (very small like sand) to my 5-week old chicks because I like to give them treats like crickets and mealworms. They also go outside to their coop and run for a few hours each day when it's warm enough and they like to eat the grass and weeds, so they definitely need the grit.

    If they're inside and you don't give them anything but chick starter, then they don't need grit. When you add treats then you need to add grit.
  7. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Quote:Me too, and mine seem fine and growing like weeds, Hope Im not doing it wrong. Sandy

  8. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Songster

    Jan 23, 2009
    I would introduce grit when they start to eat other treat besides the regular diet, at about 2 weeks of age
  9. E.G.Glayer

    E.G.Glayer Songster

    Jan 29, 2009
    Blanchester OH
    If chicks are eating the commercial chick starter they do not need grit. I read it in Storeys guide years ago so I never offered it and have been growing them for years successfully. Once they go outside they will pick it up naturally, Save your money.[​IMG]
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  10. plapczynski

    plapczynski Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Chillicothe, OH
    Ditto to what E.G.Glayer said!

    Grit not needed, that starter feed just dissolves with water.

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