'grit' - advice needed

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by verity, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. verity

    verity Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am interested to know how you all feed 'grit.' In a mason-jar type feeder? Shallow bowl? Mixed in with the regular feed?

    Thanks!
     
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    My girls are confined to a run during the work week. I just threw 2-3 handfuls of grit on the run ground and figured they'd scratch at it and get what they needed. They free-range in my yard on the weekend when I'm home.

    When they were little I gave them grit in a bowl and you'd think it was chick chocolate, they loved it so much.
     
  3. Michigan Chickman

    Michigan Chickman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every couple of weeks I dump a couple cups in a pile in the run. They always scratch it all over the place and in a couple weeks it's gone. Like JennsPeeps, I figure if they need it they'll take it.
     
  4. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
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    I feed grit to my confined birds, but those in the run eat enough dirt covered treat to meet their requirements without my intervention.
     
  5. kalaim

    kalaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have sand in my cage, would I still need to offer grit?

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  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    If they're bantams I say fine. If they're bigger chooks, I'd give them bigger grit.
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    My layer feed contains both grit and oyster shell. Every now and then I give the girls some grit (for fun) in a wall-mount feeder. They *love* that. I know they don't need it but the instinct is so strong I prefer to let them play.[​IMG]
     
  8. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Isn't weird how excited chickens get for rocks?
     

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