Chickens Eating Grit Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by capebird, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. capebird

    capebird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Cape Cod
    Do chickens intentionally eat grit.... do they search out "grit" to eat? Do they
    eat it on purpose instinctively knowing they need it to process their food? Or do they
    just happen to gobble it up thinking it's food. I usually mix it in with their food....
    if I just put the grit in a bowl (by itself) would the chickens ingest it?
  2. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    it is by instinct that they eat grit. many times i've seen a mother hen teaching her chicks to eat it, but whether a mother is around or not, they always figure it out eventually. so yes, eating rocks is intentional lol [​IMG]
  3. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    They'll search the yard over till they find the right size grit and then they'll eat it.
    If you put it in their food and they don't need it, they will eat around it and leave it.
    They have super instincts. In fact, thats all they have!

    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011

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