Another grit question...

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Little Red Chicken, May 26, 2010.

  1. Little Red Chicken

    Little Red Chicken Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 1, 2010
    We have four hens that do not free range but do spend most of their day out in the enclosed run.
    They have access to organic layer pellets all day, get vegetable scraps from the kitchen every few days and dandelion greens and other leafy weeds hand fed to them every time the kids walk by the coop.
    Do you think that the layer pellets provide enough grit or should I add grit to the run?
    Thanks for the advice.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I would definitely supply a container of grit so they could have it when they want it. I didn't know this until recently, but I was surprised to find out that a chicken can actually starve if they don't have grit to aid digestion. Sometimes, like, say in the winter when chickens are cooped up, and they don't have access to grit, they actually lose weight and can starve.......

    It wouldn't be too expensive and it was really last a long time. My chickens free range, and they also have a coop with attached run, and they still love their grit.

    That's just my humble opinion!

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