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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by mattv1984, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. mattv1984

    mattv1984 Out Of The Brooder

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    How often should I give grit to my chickens? They are mainly in the run and coop. To small for free range and i live too close to a major highway to let them free range much.
     
  2. Ourpeeps123

    Ourpeeps123 Out Of The Brooder

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    How many do you have?
     
  3. mattv1984

    mattv1984 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]. 6 leghorns this size
     
  4. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I find it best just to offer it free choice. I put it in a small cup that is attached to a post in the run (under cover).
    They will take what they need. A bag of grit will last a long time.
     
  5. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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  6. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Sorta on topic question here, do chickens know the difference between a tub of grit (for digestion) and one of ground oyster or egg shell (for calcium)?
     
  7. Ardj

    Ardj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they do. They are smarter that people think . Mine are messy sometimes and there is oyster shell laying on the ground. When they need grit they just eat around it,
    and when they want to eat oyster shell usually late afternoon , they will go and clean the oyster shell from the ground. Smart goofs they are.[​IMG]
     
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  8. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps


    Does the schedule of feeding grit depend on how many one has? :confused:
     
  9. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No, there is no schedule on feeding grit.
    Just offer it free choice (separate dish) they will eat a few pieces when they need it.
    Same with oyster shell (when the chickens start laying) just put some out in a separate container, they will take what they need.
     
  10. DreamsInPink

    DreamsInPink Chillin' With My Peeps


    Mine seem to waste more grit than they eat... :rolleyes: I feel like I'm going through a lot of it.
     

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