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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by wayne hulgan View Post


Do not use the play sand that you buy at the big home building supply stores.  You could get some from a cenent construction company, or you could just get some from the side of a creek or river. Plain old dirt from your yard will work also.
 

 


Why can't you use play sand?

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by ilovedragons2 View Post


Why can't you use play sand?

You can. The sand on my farm is like beach sand & thats all they have . I've never giving them grit.

I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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I'm out of eggs. But I know where some brown ones are. I now raise big Ol' Honkin' Bob Whites & Layed back Coturnix. Pray For Rain In Texas!

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post #13 of 16

If part of the run is small gravel over dirt does that provide adequate grit or should there be a supplement?
 

Suburban dweller aiming for greater self sufficiency, better nutrition and humane food.

 

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Suburban dweller aiming for greater self sufficiency, better nutrition and humane food.

 

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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by SouthernAlberta View Post

If part of the run is small gravel over dirt does that provide adequate grit or should there be a supplement?
 

It probably does. Here's references.

 

Here's a pix of chick grit

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Here's a pix from butchering (from another BYCer- Frugal)

Grit he found in the gizzard:

 

http://www.frugalsquirrels.com/gallery/john/chickens/plucking_and_eviscerating/gizzard04.jpg

 

Imp

 

 

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit,

for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.

All things are connected.
Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

 

       ― Chief Seattle

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post #15 of 16

Ok, so...I have grit... now how much and how do I give it to them?  The feed store sells 50 lb bags of grit, or by the lb...I just bought a couple lbs to start but it seems like whenever I put in in their run they scarf it right up!  (FYI - their run is brand new...still nice and grassy, has dirt and rocks, etc so they should be able to still get grit from that)  Right now I have just been filling the top of an old washed out cottage cheese container but the grit disappears fast and I was wondering if I should actually have a larger amount in there at all times?  Also, does anyone just sprinkle it all over the ground in the run and make them work a little for it?!  Haha, just curious what everyone else is doing...it seems to be more of a pain then it's worth at the moment so I will probably switch to a larger container so I don't have to find the container top every day and re-fill it so often.

post #16 of 16

I have a feeling that most of your grit is going on the ground, I would use something with a higher side so it doesn't spill out. I use a tuna can, and it stays full for quite a long time. They will stop when they have enough.
 

AmberFlea
Iola, WI
Dogmah of 4 (2 papillons, 1 malinois, 1 wirehair dachshund), Chickens, BCM's, Olive Eggers, Brahmas and a flock of Guineas!

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