Grit for chicks - necessary if "free" ranging?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by LittleHensThree, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. LittleHensThree

    LittleHensThree New Egg

    Apr 17, 2016
    I am a brand new chicken mommy, and brought home three hens (hopefully) - a Buff Orpington (4 weeks), an Ameracauna (3 weeks), and a Gold Laced Wyandotte (3 weeks). Since it has been mid to upper 70's during the day here in TN, I took them outside for about 30 minutes today to peck and scratch in the grass in a 5' diameter play pen. They seemed to love it. Then back to the brooder they went. My question is - do I now need to supply them some grit, or will they instinctively get what they need from the ground at that age? I'm a pretty nervous new mama - I don't want them to get stopped up!
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Welcome to BYC!

    I am of the opinion it is best to provide grit free choice. While it's always possible that they may find suitable grit sources when they free range, I like to err on the "safe side" and just provide it, then not so many things to worry about.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    If you are giving them proprietary feed and no treats, then grit is not essential. Having said that, there is absolutely no reason not to follow Wyorp's advice (it is sound, as always), as it will ensure a healthy crop and peace of mind is everything - especially when you are just starting out.

  4. Choco Maran

    Choco Maran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2009
    Ribera New Mexico
    Where I have never had to offer grit to any of my chicks or grown chickens. This said I did offer it to one group of chicks a year ago ( while they where in the brooder) with no takers. They get what they need from free ranging. However the choice is yours.

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