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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by zebandamber04, Mar 29, 2009.
Should I be giving my Cornish X's grit??
How much? what size? Why?
Chickens need access to grit in order to 'chew' their food in their gizzards.
A chicken that does not have access to any type of food other than processed Chicken Grower will not need grit because its body does not need any more help chewing it up.
If your chicken is being given additional foodstuff such as kitchen scraps or corn, then they need access to grit. The size of grit would depend on the size of your birds. Older birds could handle a larger grit whereas babies need small grit.
Typically, a chicken that is on the ground or is free ranging will pick up its own 'grit' and not necessarily need to be supplied with it. Although it could be a good idea to allow them access to store bought grit, just to ease your mind.
I wasn't sure what I should be doing with the Cornish's as they will be on commercial feed until we butcher them (8 weeks old....)
if you are feeding a commercial grower type feed then thats all they need besides water