They peck at it a little bit, but not much until I take a big solidified chunk of it (moist air makes it clump) out of their salt pan, and put it on top of their grit container (which they pay close attention to).
Then over a period of a couple of days it disappears. About 50 birds eat about a 3 inch diameter flattened pancake of it in about a day or two.
My other two pens with 11 birds and 19 birds go through it more slowly. Actually it does get pecked at every day, but in minute quantities.
But they DO enjoy it. I worry they will go for blood (salty) if they don't have it. I also put out some of those red brick mineral blocks. But I haven't noticed them going for those at all. I don't think I will rebuy them.
They really don't go overboard. I have tried dumping out a LOT of salt in their grit pan, and they just move it onto the ground. They self-regulate.
Ok. Stupid question to follow. At what age can they eat (intact) whole grains and things like BOSS? I just have no concept of how big of an item they can swallow. Mine are 8-10 weeks but 2 are small even though they are supposed to be regular sized Speckled Sussex and a Blue Cochin. I don't know if they are runts or bantams but they aren't the size they are supposed to be at this age. Does your answer depend on size of bird as well as age? (See, I told you it was stupid.)
The first couple days they just get home ground feed,,Then they get small sprouts such as clover sprouts. Also getting introduced to soil in the brooder having the opportunity to pick though lettuce plant root balls.. By about 4 weeks they are eating sprouted wheat, BOSS and oats as part of their diet.
Of course offering the appropriate sized chick grit from the start.
My chicks are mom hen raised and as soon as I through momma some scratch she has baby over pecking at it to. I feed flock raiser as main feed and babys handle that just fine. My hen and baby's are in a tractor so ground is ready for grit at all times