Originally Posted by JetCat
Originally Posted by Liberty For All
I know the answer is somewhere here on this site but I sure can't find it. Should you mix the Grit with their feed or feed it separately? Right know I have it setting in a pan next to the Oyster shells. The shells seem to be going fast but it doesn't seem that they are eating the grit. They do free range but the ground is frozen, so I am think that it is grit time. Thank you for any information. Oh! the hens are nine months old and they are all laying.
you should mix it with their feed.
I disagree, for the small flock owner it should be offered as a side dish free choice not mixed with food... The chickens will seek it out and eat what they need when they need it...
But I'm completely fine with allowing free range and free grit source finding all spring to fall and simply wouldn't ever purchase stone. It's only stone.
It's not just stone as stones are not created equal... Commercial grit is generally crushed granite, it's the proper size, very hard, insoluble and maintains sharp edges all good traits for grit... Can you say the same for local stones they birds might pick up free ranging? One has to also consider their local region, in some areas limestone makes up a vast majority of stones in the area, it has little desirable grit traits...
I'm not saying local stones picked up by birds won't work, they will, but honestly for what it cost (I spend about $15 a year for 100 birds) to provide a bowl of known good grit to your birds at all times, is a no brainer investment in their health for me...