I read that it's a good thing to move your chicks off medicated feed after the first week so that they don't become dependent on the medication in it, so yesterday, Steve and I picked up a twenty-five pound bag of organic chick starter from Concentrates on 8th in Portland, with which I am slowly replacing the Purina medicated chick crumbles that I got from the same place I got the chicks. The Purina feed has chick grit in it; the organic stuff says to supply chick grit, which, fortunately, I bought along with the chick supplies. My plan was to be able to give them chopped greens, etc., and I wanted to make sure they had enough grit to digest it.
Problem is, every time I put down the grit, the girls go nuts for it. I put it down in one of those little red caps (three inch diameter- they're not like the caps on the milk jug or anything) and the girls gather 'round it and peck at it frantically, sometimes trying to scratch in it.
Does it taste particularly good to them? Are they going nuts for it because they really need it? They almost fight over it. I poured a wee bit into every hole in the chick feeder and then took the majority of it away because I was concerned about their crazy behavior.
So what's the story with chick grit?