grit???

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by ikatiemay, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. ikatiemay

    ikatiemay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all,[​IMG] wow I am on a high this week!! I got my first egg, a nice green one and the next day a brown one. My question is actually how do I feed grit and what is it? I figure when they can free range some each day they handle that themselves but now that we have snow on the ground they dont go out much. What do i buy and how do I feed it?
     
  2. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just scrape up a bowlful of dirt with tiny rocks, if the chickens can't go out. It depends on your soil, of course...
     
  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    I just feed grit I buy at TSC or the local feed store. Here is the feeder I built for both grit & oyster shell. They don't eat much of it, but they'll get it if they need it.
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  4. ikatiemay

    ikatiemay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya our ground is frozen this time of year! I was thinking about play sand we can buy at the local home depot. do you think that would work or does it have to have different sized particles in it? I havent found grit at the feed store.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I grew up in Utah...seems there were rocks everywhere.... but yeah, if it's frozen? Hmm... I'd check with the IFA... they have to have calcium that comes as small rocks.
     
  6. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TSC has it. I just toss it in the run. They will find it. In summer when they are out more I need to add any cuz my local feed store makes my feed and it has it in there already.
     
  7. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    TSC has grit. You can get it at almost any feed store. I offer crushed oyster shells as grit. If they're 100% free range, then they don't need grit, but otherwise feed it. You can also find crushed oyster shells at home depot. Or at least at mine.
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll toss a handful of it on the coop floor every once in a while during the winter. Gives them something to do to find it. At this rate a 50lb bag lasts a long,long time.
     
  9. Chris09

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  10. ikatiemay

    ikatiemay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks everyone, that helped me alot. I do feed oyster shells for the eggs didnt know if they needed anything besides that. I think the quickcrete sounds great and cheap!
     

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