3nglishteacher

In the Brooder
11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
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My 7 week olds have been on starter feed exclusively till this week when I started letting them out for a bit of free ranging. I also started giving them kitchen scraps - which they love - so I also set out a small dish of fine sand for them - which they gobbled up. Is that okay for grit? I'm still a bit fuzzy on this whole crop/grit thing but definitely know I don't want impacted crops &/or dead chicks b/c of my stupidity.

Thanks,
Karen
 

S0rcy

Songster
11 Years
Apr 3, 2008
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Willamette Valley Oregon
As I understand from learning here and through a few books, if you feed anything other than chick starter, grit is necessary. A chicken can't chew it's food, it grinds it up in its crop with the aid of grit. If it isn't ground up, it becomes impacted and the chicken can die.
 

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