Grit - do i give it all the time

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by herbsherbsflowers, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've tried to figure out from all the posts. I know they need grit before you start giving them treats, but then does it need to be continuously available for them.. I don't want them to get all filled up on sand.
     
  2. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I just add a little to their feed every day when they are in the coop. If they are out in their pen which is on the grass, then I toss a small handful in.
     
  3. riderbecky

    riderbecky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I provide it free choice all the time and will do the same with oyster shell when its time for them to be laying, around 18/19 weeks.

    LOL, you should have seen the looks on the feed store people when I went in to ask for it. They said, "do you mean oyster shell?"..."No" I said, "chick grit". Then one of the guys says..."What about that stuff we ordered by mistake?" I thought it was hilarious that they mistakenly order the exact stuff that I was after.
     
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  4. herbsherbsflowers

    herbsherbsflowers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I had gone through one box of it and wondered if I need to get more.
     
  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Chook gets regular feeding: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I put about a 1/2 tablespoon of mixed oyster shell and granite grit on top of her food.
     
  6. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Do I really need to buy grit when I have a whole sandbox full of it? It's washed river sand so it has lots of tiny pebbles in it, too.
     
  7. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

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    Didn't I read somewhere that if you're using oyster shells you don't also have to supply grit? Or am I thinking I read that?
     
  8. soctippy

    soctippy Out Of The Brooder

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    i have never bought grit (but i have bought oyster shell), I just use corse sand from our riding arena. offer them a variety of corse pebbels, or just let them out on a sandy area and they will find what they need. they don't need grit there all the time but its good to offer it to them like onece a week.
     
  9. I use sand from the kids box.
     
  10. poopcoop

    poopcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never used grit. My chickens go outside and there is no reason to supply it to them when they are pecking the groud and getting it for them self. A lot of feed stores don't know what you are talking about, because some feeds already contain it when formulated and most "Country Folk" only feed their chickens cracked corn.
     

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