Grit

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by someguyhere, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. someguyhere

    someguyhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering about grit for my little ducklings. they are on their 4th week of life or maybe a little older they seem to be getting feathers and advancing a little faster than most the stuff i read. anyways my ducklings spend all their time outside in the run during the day and spent their first night outside last night. I built a really nice very secure outside brooder with a heat lamp for them to lock them up tight at night. it got down to about 45 degrees but was nice and warm inside for them. I was a bit worried but they were up and ready to play as soon as i got up. anyways back to my original question about grit. they eat a lot of everything ! yesterday I was sitting out with them and a grasshopper jumped by and one of the ducks snagged it up up faster than you could blink an eye. I also notice they eat a lot of dirt, well not a lot but they are constantly pecking in the ground for something and im sure they are eating little rocks and bugs all day. do i need to provide grit for these little guys or is all the extra they are randomly picking up through the day enough ?
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Not a duck authority but the way mine are constantly boring holes, I think they get get plenty of grit. I know when I dump out their water pan or pool and put in fresh there is always a fair amount of dirt, grit, gravel, and even grape sized rocks they have deposited when swishing their beaks in the water.
     
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  3. someguyhere

    someguyhere Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats what I was thinking also. thanks for the input :) its like having kids all over again, you want to do the right thing but you dont want to be over protective either. fun times :)
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I always provide grit in a bowl in the run...Mine do free range also but they do still eat the grit....So i would say that you should provide a bowl of grit and let them choose if they need it or not?

    Cheers!
     
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