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Grit for chicks - necessary if "free" ranging?

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I am a brand new chicken mommy, and brought home three hens (hopefully) - a Buff Orpington (4 weeks), an Ameracauna (3 weeks), and a Gold Laced Wyandotte (3 weeks).  Since it has been mid to upper 70's during the day here in TN, I took them outside for about 30 minutes today to peck and scratch in the grass in a 5' diameter play pen.  They seemed to love it.  Then back to the brooder they went.  My question is - do I now need to supply them some grit, or will they instinctively get what they need from the ground at that age?  I'm a pretty nervous new mama - I don't want them to get stopped up!

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I am of the opinion it is best to provide grit free choice. While it's always possible that they may find suitable grit sources when they free range, I like to err on the "safe side" and just provide it, then not so many things to worry about.

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If you are giving them proprietary feed and no treats, then grit is not essential. Having said that, there is absolutely no reason not to follow Wyorp's advice (it is sound, as always), as it will ensure a healthy crop and peace of mind is everything - especially when you are just starting out. 

 

CT

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Where I have never had to offer grit to any of my chicks or grown chickens.  This said I did offer it to one group of chicks a year ago ( while they where in the brooder) with no takers.  They get what they need from free ranging.  However the choice is yours. 

I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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I live in Northeastern New Mexico. Live on a 2.5 acres with my husband of 38 yrs.(husband pass away 6/13/16), 2 dogs, 2 cats,    I have SLC, Blue laced Red Wy, Partridge Cochin, Blue, Black & White Cochins, Americanas, Cuckoo Marans Roo, Dominque Roo,  Blue Bar Roo, Buff Orps, Lavender Wy, Black & Blue French Cooper Marans, French Wheaton Marans, Cuckoo Marans , Dominque , Blue bar  Whiting...

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