Do my chickens need grit

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by nuttyredhead, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. nuttyredhead

    nuttyredhead Songster

    May 3, 2010
    Southern NH
    If they are outside for at least 6 hours a day in their run?
  2. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    No, they'll pick up plenty outside. They store the grit in their gizzard, & they can re-stock the next day.
  3. Keene's coop

    Keene's coop Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    neenah, wisconsin
    my chicks are only 13 days old today and i put them in their coop yesterday, permently. but they do not go in the run, yet. today, we let them out in the grass to play for awhile and they were peching or eating the grass and a few other little things they were pecking at. should i offer them grit or are they ok? i just don't want to give it to them too early. what should i do.
  4. write2caroline

    write2caroline Songster

    Jun 21, 2009
    You can offer them grit like parakeet grit or sand or dirt.
  5. Keene's coop

    Keene's coop Songster

    Feb 8, 2010
    neenah, wisconsin
    why not chicken grit? that'swhat i have.
  6. ladybuglives

    ladybuglives In the Brooder

    Apr 30, 2010
    humboldt county
    Can they get too much grit? I made a sandbox for my 8 week old girls and they just chow on the sand -- no dust bathing which was my intention... The sand is sterilized playground sand -- very fine -- more so than the chick grit I have for them. How do they know when to stop eating grit? Do they just poop out the excess????
  7. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

    May 3, 2008
    Milan PA
    I am not sure if they can eat too much grit....., but they should only eat what they need and it stays in the crop and grinds with the food they eat and then it passes, not sure on how long it takes but I'm sure not too long.

    Im not sure with parakeet grit, I saw a post the other day that said the calcium or something is added to it that may not be good for chickens, and to stick with chicken grit at the feed store. - I looked, for chicks you shouldn't give it because of the added calcium is not good for them and can cause kidney damage. Sand or dirt is best [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2010

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