When to give grit?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by starfroggie, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. starfroggie

    starfroggie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age do you introduce grit?
     
  2. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    You can introduce it at any time. Use sand, play sand, or bird grit (for parakeets & pet birds) while they're chicks. Gravel when they're adults.
     
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Introduce grit when you take them off the starter. Until then they don't need it, unless you are also feeding A LOT of other treats.
     
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What age are your chicks?

    I never give treats before about 4 weeks of age so they know without doubt the crumbles are their feed. When I give treats I give cooked rice, cooked egg and yogurt. I add crumbles to it. As long as they are getting commercial feed for the bigger portion of their diet they won't need grit.

    However, they love to dust bath and scratch and peck. You can toss in a bit of play sand and crumbles so that they have something to peck and scratch around in to eat. You can also buy tiny grit for caged birds at the pet store that will work for chicks too.

    This morning my chicks are getting their first scrambled eggs and yogurt!
     
  5. starfroggie

    starfroggie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are about one week.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Feed them the starter crumbles and they will get all of the grit they need. Commercial chicken feeds have grit in them. they really don't need anything else for the first few weeks.
     

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