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How long does grit last once they eat it?

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I'm just wondering if I need to keep re-feeding it to them? They aren't getting much other than their crumbles.. just a dried mealworm now and then... most of them grab them from my fingers but I'm pretty sure they just drop them. roll.png

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 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

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It will stick around in the gizzard until it's ground down small enough to pass... For hard appropriately sized granite or quartz this likely takes several days to a week maybe longer depending on diet, for soluble grits like limestone or stuff that is borderline too small maybe a day or two if that long...

Best to offer it free choice every day, the birds know when they need more...
Edited by MeepBeep - 4/22/16 at 7:37pm
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Ok, thank you. I'm not sure what mine is made of. I keep giving it to them, but they are dumping it and messing in the bowl. I feel like I'm wasting a lot of it. Oi, I can not wait to get these kids in the coop.

Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

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Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

*~*Jennifer*~*

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If they dump it they can still find it while scratching so it's not waste until you clean it out...
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I just use construction sand, since I free range and my yard was a flooded mess when we moved here.  We put in several tons of gravel and then sand over it.  My husband does construction so we end up with a lot of sand anyways.    when they are chicks I just sprinkle it around their brooder/pen.

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If they dump it they can still find it while scratching so it's not waste until you clean it out...

I don't feel like they eat anything off the floor!! lol

Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

*~*Jennifer*~*

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Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

*~*Jennifer*~*

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I'm just wondering if I need to keep re-feeding it to them? They aren't getting much other than their crumbles.. just a dried mealworm now and then... most of them grab them from my fingers but I'm pretty sure they just drop them. roll.png

 

I just gave mine a few live mealworms yesterday; they didn't know what to make of them:)  One girl did grab one and run away from the others with it. I had the chicks in a wire dog crate outside, so I'm not sure if the other worms got eaten or managed to crawl away. Oh well, they'll figure it out eventually! I give them some parakeet grit(because I had it) and some sand/gravel from the yard.

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Five dogs, two cats, four budgies, one parrot, 12 chickens of various ages, and a great DH who built me the coop of my dreams:)

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different. ~ Hippocrates

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I just gave mine a few live mealworms yesterday; they didn't know what to make of them:)   One girl did grab one and run away from the others with it. I had the chicks in a wire dog crate outside, so I'm not sure if the other worms got eaten or managed to crawl away. Oh well, they'll figure it out eventually! I give them some parakeet grit(because I had it) and some sand/gravel from the yard.

I've never tried feeding live ones.. though I would like to pick up some crickets from the pet shop soon. big_smile.png

Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

*~*Jennifer*~*

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Throw me to the wolves, and I'll come back. Leading the pack.....

 

~ Jeremiah 29:11 ~ 

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

*~*Jennifer*~*

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