1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

when to give chicks grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by vjbakke, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. vjbakke

    vjbakke Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2011
    How old do chicks have to be before you give them grit? Would small bird grit work when they are chicks?
  2. h8snags

    h8snags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Murray, UT
    I started when they were a week old, couldn't wait to start giving them other stuff like bugs and worms!! I went out and bought some sand from Home Depot.. they are 4 weeks old now healthy as can be and growing so fast! They are still on their chick starter too.
  3. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I start at day 4 or 5, using chick grit. I sprinkle it on the feed daily like just a touch of salt. I like the red kind where you can see it and not give too much.
  4. ryan820

    ryan820 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2010
    Does grit not come in the chick feed? For some reason I thought it did.
  5. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    They don't need grit with chick feed but do with other foods. you caqn offer it at any age. Grit for other birds is fine -- if it's just grit. Sometimes they add other stuff that another species will need but is not necessarily good or even OK for chicks. Sand is fine. I use the fine stuff at the bottom of my adult chicken bag of grit.
  6. ryan820

    ryan820 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2010
    Quote:Good to know, thanks! I have some shopping to do for my peeps.
  7. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    I gave my chicks grit as soon as I started giving them extras such as chickweed etc, they need it to digest the newer foods.
  8. hsdiaz

    hsdiaz Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    I gave my chicks the special small chick grit when they were 4 days old, they took right to it. I did it because I gave them a chunk of dirt from the yard and couldn't believe how fast they started hunting for, eating and chasing after each other for worms. Great entertainment!!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by