When to feed grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicken Hobbyist, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. Chicken Hobbyist

    Chicken Hobbyist New Egg

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    I am new to chickens. I feed my 9 week old white leghorn chicks a chick starter. I currently do not give them grit. When I switch to a grower or eventually a layer feed, will they need grit with it? Currently they do not free range but have a run.
    Also should I switch to a grower or stick with the starter?
     
  2. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
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    You start offering grit when they start eating things beside their chick feed like bread or rice, etc.
     
  3. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:I stick to a medicated starter for the first 8 weeks, then over to grower until they lay eggs. I would think that if they are in an outdoor run (with grass/dirt) that they get all the grit they require on their own. I only supply additional grit to chicks in the brooder who don't get to forage in the earth yet.
     
  4. Chicken Hobbyist

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    There run is grass right now (on its way to dirt). So there feed is safe to eat without grit? I didn't feed them grit in the brooder, was that wrong?? I didn't give them other things though.
     
  5. urbanchicks76

    urbanchicks76 Out Of The Brooder

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    you did not need to feed git in the brooder. Your chickens are fine [​IMG] if the are on the ground they will be just fine without grit. IMO
     
  6. ADozenGirlz

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    Quote:I agree. [​IMG]
     

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