Best way to provide grit ?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Palerydr, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Palerydr

    Palerydr In the Brooder

    Jan 17, 2014
    Just wondering if there's any opinions on the best way. Mix it in with their food, or have it alone on the side ?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Most people probably put it in a little bin on the side. I mix mine in periodically since I have a couple of coops going and just want to give a little now and then. I also toss it on the ground sometimes.

    It can stay in the gizzard for up to a year or more I have read. So they don't need a lot on an ongoing basis.

    I mix lots of different things in the feed and use whole grains, so I toss in a handful of grit now and then.
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    If the chickens have access to soil in their daily foraging, they will likely have all the grit they will need from the granules in the soil.

  4. Makayla1226

    Makayla1226 In the Brooder

    Feb 18, 2014
    Hello, there really is no BEST way to give your chickens grit, but there are different ways to do so. Chickens can be picky and if u just have some grit on the side, they may not be interested and rather go eat tiny rocks out of the soil while foraging. You can mix it in with their feed as they will eat it unknowingly. I like to pick my chicken's favorite spot to scratch, dust, or forage and throw some grit out for them to peck at when they wish to do so. I always made the mistake of putting out a huge pile of grit for them and they never ate it! Now I just throw out a little in a few spots. Hope this helped! [​IMG]
  5. WestIndy

    WestIndy In the Brooder

    Jan 25, 2014
    I'm in the mental planning stage of building my first coop, chicks are three weeks old and in the brooder in the garage. I'm planning on building a 'sand box' under the coop for them to dust in and use as their supply of grit
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Sand is ok for chicks as grit but as they get older they will need larger grit. They may find what they need in their run or you can supply grit. I just keep a dish in the coop that hangs on the wall, they take what they need when they want it.

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