Grit question?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by OHMYCHICKIES, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We live in an area that is very rocky, lots of rock - little and big, would I still need to give grit to my chicks? (they free range)

    Also when do you know if they have an impacted crop?

    I was petting the girls last night and I felt their crop full, is that normal?

    (Sorry I'm new to raising chickens)
     
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    While my young chickens are free-ranging I'm not giving them grit. Once they go into their permanent run I plan to start giving it again. My reasoning is there is only so many pebbles and such in one area.
    Mine always have full crops at the end of the day.
     
  3. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Quote:No apologies needed! We were all new at one point! I've had chickens for just 2 months and it feels like forever. If only they'd start laying. [​IMG]

    re: grit - I've been offering grit since my girls were teensy chicks. I haven't offered them grit again since they've been free-ranging. They're at an in-between size where they're too big for the chick grit and too small for the hen grit. Guess they'll find what the need out in the yard. As evidenced by all the poop in the yard, they're digesting just fine.
     
  4. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

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    My understanding is that chicks don't need grit if they're just getting chick feed and easily-digested stuff like yogurt. If they range, they should be picking some grit naturally.
     
  5. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No apologies needed! We were all new at one point! I've had chickens for just 2 months and it feels like forever. If only they'd start laying. [​IMG]

    re: grit - I've been offering grit since my girls were teensy chicks. I haven't offered them grit again since they've been free-ranging. They're at an in-between size where they're too big for the chick grit and too small for the hen grit. Guess they'll find what the need out in the yard. As evidenced by all the poop in the yard, they're digesting just fine.

    Didn't know we're able to tell by how much poop, in that case, I should be okay. My BR's have humongous poopers.
     
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I just throw a little on the ground in their run and they seem to find it just fine. I do this about every 4 days or so.
     
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Quote:It's more that the poop appears to all be the same, regardless of what they've eaten. It all looks thoroughly digested.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup, all the same huge yucky poop [​IMG]
     
  9. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While we're talking about grit...can I use the same calcium fortified grit I use for the cockatiel?
     
  10. Rosebud75

    Rosebud75 Out Of The Brooder

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    You can just throw it on the ground for them? How much, a handful, 2 handfuls? Do/can you do the same with oyster shells?
     

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