Grit and oyster shells

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  1. Isabella F

    Isabella F Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the best way to feed grit and/ or oyster shells to chickens?
     
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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Provide free choice oyster shell, and scatter grit on the ground
     
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  3. sassysarah123

    sassysarah123 Overrun With Chickens

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    Chicken don't need grit if they are outside. They can find plenty of it in the dirt.
    Chicks are mostly kept in bin or something, so they will need grit. I always just mixed it in with their food, that way they can have it when eating.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    The first statement is not universally true as soil type varies considerably from one location to the next. Not all soils provide sufficient appropriate for materiel. Grit is so inexpensive I classify it as better to have and not need than need and not have....and supply it free choice to my flock just as I do oyster shell.
     
  5. sassysarah123

    sassysarah123 Overrun With Chickens

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    I never give grit to my birds, but mine free range. It is not necessary, but good to have on hand.
     
  6. GC-Raptor

    GC-Raptor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I offer it in separate containers, oyster shell near feed in coop 20160819_102752.jpg and grit away from feed. In my raised coop grit is under coop. 20170503_093342.jpg GC
     
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  7. DLE140

    DLE140 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep a feed tray of each of grit and oyster shell.
     
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  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Agreed on both counts. I have seen areas where there is nothing on the ground, EVERYWHERE but silty/sandy/soil. Not a speck of grit to be seen. I was talking to a lady yesterday, and she said that there are NO rocks where she lives. Absolutely NO rocks. She lives in an area that has been built up by repeated flooding from a major river, so, the area is a combination of silt and clay. While I do have ample grit in my soil, if my chicks are in a tractor that is moved frequently enough that they don't destroy the turf, they need supplemental grit. I always give grit to my chicks. But, if you have a gravel driveway, you can most likely find appropriate grit simply by scooping it up with a flat blade shovel! And, I never go into the winter without having a good supply of grit on hand. The ground is frozen solid here for about 5 months. No grit available then! I don't consider grit to be inexpensive: I pay $10/bag. That's pretty costly, imo for a bunch of coarse gravel/pebbles, but it's cheap insurance to ensure that your birds have what they need to process their feed properly.
     
  9. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a homemade wood dispenser that hangs on the wall of the coop, one side has grit, the other oyster shell. The chickens take what they need.
     
  10. coopdeville15

    coopdeville15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Free choice of both, sandy clay soil in the chicken run. Two separate dishes near the feeder but off to the side. It gets used up and replaced as needed.
     

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