When to start providing grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by kian, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. kian

    kian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 12 week old chicks still eating chick starter crumbles. However they also eat all manner of treats (kale and green apple are their favorite non-worm and grub food!) and scratch. They peck and scratch and eat off the ground in the run, so I know they're getting dirt particles and (I'm assuming) tiny rocks and such. Should I put out some grit also? At the store today I bought a small box of regular pet bird grit as they didn't have anything for chickens.

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  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will find some grit off the ground in their pen but, they need small course gravel not just dirt. You could put a dish of grit so they have access to it if they need it. Masonary sand has sand and gravel in it and you could get a 50# bag from Lowe's or H.D. much cheaper than a small bag of grit from a pet store.
     
  3. kian

    kian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh thank you! I'll set out what I bought and look into the masonry sand. Great idea, thank you!
     

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