Chickens and grit

dandread

Chirping
Oct 20, 2017
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Seattle, WA
I let my chickens free range for about 30 minutes.

Afterwards I put them in coop run and give them vegetables. Carrot chunks, cabbage leaves, leafy greens.

Do I need to also put grit in the run? I am assuming not since I assuming they get some dirt while grazing and the run has soil.

Am I wrong?
 

TheFluffyButt

Chirping
Jul 5, 2016
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It doesn't hurt having extra calcium available for them, they'll either eat it or not. Make sure you're giving them left overs that contain protein as well!
You never know if they're finding those essential worms and grubs when they're foraging.

I made a mealworm farm, its incredibly easy to set up and all it takes is a few small pieces of carrots every 3 or 4 days (depending on how many worms are in your farm).

http://www.instructables.com/id/Mealworm-Farm/

This website will tell you pretty much everything you need to know for your farm.

I don't think I'd be wrong in saying mealworms are one of chickens most loved treats. I've managed to train my chickens using mealworms.

For calcium, I give my ladies extremely fine eggshells. I boiled them, thoroughly clean them, then using a pestle and mortar, crush them as fine as can be.
The eggshells are then left in a separate container so they can eat as they need.

An extra warning, be sure to finely crush the egg shell and remove the membrane from the inside of the shell so your chickens don't recognize it as their own eggs, otherwise you'll start raising egg eaters!! :barnie
 

GC-Raptor

Crowing
Jul 26, 2016
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Connecticut, U.S.A.
I offer Granite Grit in a separate container. Chickens use it to grind up seeds, grains, bugs and fibrous vegetation. Like grass and leafy vegetables. I have pebbles in my soil, but the ground is frozen solid, in winter.
I also offer Oyster Shells in a separate container. Chickens use it to form egg shells. I feed a layers feed with 3.8 percent calcium. But during the summer my hens eat a lot less feed than in wintertime, with some free ranging and seeds for a treat. They still have a need for extra calcium. My five hens consume a 5 pound bag in 11 months on average. GC
 

blackdog043

Crowing
Feb 19, 2017
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Charlotte, NC
For calcium, I give my ladies extremely fine eggshells. I boiled them, thoroughly clean them, then using a pestle and mortar, crush them as fine as can be.
The eggshells are then left in a separate container so they can eat as they need.

An extra warning, be sure to finely crush the egg shell and remove the membrane from the inside of the shell so your chickens don't recognize it as their own eggs, otherwise you'll start raising egg eaters!!
I rinse mine out a little, let them dry and crush them in my hand. Works for me and I don't have any egg eaters.
 

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