Grit or no grit?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by TurtleFeathers, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    Hi everyone -

    Is grit really a necessity for chickens who live on grass/ground, as opposed to those who are kept on wire?

    Thanks -
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    If the ground is rocky/sandy, they should get grit from the ground. If you live on pure clay, in a swamp, somewhere there is no rock or sand in the ground, yes they need grit. If they are in a coop and run where the ground is covered with an organic material where they cannot get to the ground, yes they need grit. If all they can get is sand, they can get by but larger grit would help. And if they are in a small run on slightly rocky soil, they may eventually gather all the grit and need some to supplement, but they are pretty good at finding something to use as grit.

    An easy way to get grit is to get pea sized and smaller gravel from a gravel road.

    Good luck!
     
  3. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    It's always good to have grit available! I would suggest that you get some.
     
  4. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    Kooshie - thanks for the "suggestion", but I DO have grit - I was just wondering how necessary it was.

    Ridgerunner - thanks so much for the info - it was exactly what I was looking for!
     
  5. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would vote to have some grit for them.......
     

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