when to give grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by timco, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. timco

    timco Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 14, 2008
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Our chicks have been on chick starter with nothing else. When should they get some sand or gravel for eating? They are just getting all feathers from down...happy birds!

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    As long as they are eating commercial feeds they don't need extra grit. The grit is in the feed.
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    When you start giving scratch, tablescraps or anything that other than thier regular feed they should have grit available.
  4. redoak

    redoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    MissPrissy, at our local Agway we bought NatureSmart Organic chick starter/grower and asked if it had chick grit already in it. The owner and one employee weren't sure. The label mentions nothing about grit. My question is: in what form would be chick grit be in, if it were present?

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