Grit and the outdoors.

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Big dreams, May 17, 2009.

  1. Big dreams

    Big dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    How many of you feed your chickens grit even though they live outside? My chickens our in the yard eating off the sandy ground, I have no grit available as I thought once they are out you don't have to worry about it, is that correct?
  2. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Correct. Sandy soil provides the grit that is needed for the grinding process of their food.
  3. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Our place is full of sand and small rocks. We still provide grit. The flock eats it, as we have been through 2 50-pound bags in 3 years. They usually eat more in winter, as we get snow-bound.

    Grit is inexpensive, an impacted crop is not pretty and could be fatal. I just think it is easier to provide the grit.
  4. aank4

    aank4 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 22, 2009
    I also provide grit, even though the chickens have access to ground with sand and small rocks. I figure the more choices they have, the less likely we'll have a problem with an impacted crop.

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