when to give grit

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wildriverswolf90, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My oldest chicks are 3 weeks old and I'm wondering when I should start to give them grit? When I take them outside they eat any lil creepy crawly they can find but ants are their favorite, but now I'm worried cause they don't get grit (didn't know they needed it) I haven't let them go on any more outdoor adventures cause I don't want them eating stuff they can't digest! So when can I give grit?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If they have access to the ground when you put them outside, they are getting their own grit. If you have bedding or something that keeps them from getting to the ground, they may have trouble finding it.

    I personally give mine grit on Day 3, as soon as they have figured out what their main food is. I don't give them a tremendous amount to where they can fill up on it, but some. I usually just take some dirt from the run or some very small gravel and sand from my driveway and give that to them until I let them out of the brooder.

    A broody hen leads her chicks to grit as soon as they are off the nest. It is never too early to give them grit. If all they eat is the chick feed, they don't need it. But if they are eating creepy crawlies or grass and weeds, they do need it. In your case, they are probably already getting it for themselves.
     
  3. wildriverswolf90

    wildriverswolf90 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much mine lil babies do have access to dirt and sand! Thank you for putting my mind at ease
     
  4. tinychickies

    tinychickies Out Of The Brooder

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    I also thank ridgerunner for the grit info. There is so much stuff you can learn from fellow BYC'ers in this site.....so glad.
     

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