??Grit vs Scratch...if any???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by teresac, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. teresac

    teresac Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009
    Blairsville, GA
    First time with chicks.

    My chick are going on 5 weeks old and are about to be moved to their house and run. Run is on the ground (no grass just dirt). I am confused about grit vs scratch.

    Here is what I "think" I know:

    Scratch is treat food......grit is given if scratch or treats are given to them

    If my chicks are outside in house/run and I give them greens or scratch DO THEY NEED GRIT if they are in a run?

    Everything I read up on this I get more confused as there seems to be various opinions.

    Help [​IMG]
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    scratch is food

    they need grit to grind up food and treats
  3. KattyKillFish

    KattyKillFish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Dillingham, Alaska
    i always let mine have scratch along with egg laying mash in their winter. it gives them the energy they need to keep warm. and yes, they do need grit. although mine like to chill out in the driveway and get their choice of gravel.
    oystershell is also a good thing to give them. i also grind up egg shells from cooking & give that to them for extra calcium.

    *edited for spelling errors*
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2009
  4. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Grit is rocks, granite if you buy it commercially, whatever rocks they can find if they are outside.

    If you're going to have them confined I would go ahead and give them grit since they will have a limited number of suitable rocks in the run area.

    You're right, scratch is a grain treat and they will need grit to grind it up, as they will need grit to grind up any other food they find or you give them.

    Oyster shell is for laying age birds. It cannot substitute for grit because it is too soft.

  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Scratch should only be fed as a treat, not as a major food source. Grit is used to grind up food. If they're going to be living on dirt, they should be able to find rocks on their own so supplying them with grit won't be necessary.
  6. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    Astatula Florida
    I have heard and read that if got a dirt floor they do not need grit..Idon't give mine grit at all and scratch is a food for them as treat.. they have a dirt floor..

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